Now more than ever, the Millennial and Gen-Z generation need to be heard. As history currently repeats itself, the African American community has to continue to relive the trauma of fighting for the right just to stay alive. Today’s Black Lives Matter leaders, activists, and supporters continue to mirror “this centuries-long pattern of black militant resistance to white supremacy”. As they are on the front lines of fighting against racism and injustice, others of us behind them also have to make sure we are doing our part in every way. One of those ways is to exercise our right to vote and educating ourselves on who we’re actually voting for.
The 2020 Elections may be the most important voting year we’ve had in our generation yet. We have seen the results of blindly voting, or opting out of voting altogether. We can no longer do that. our generations have to pay more attention, educate ourselves, and listen to everything these candidates are saying to us to choose the right people to put in these high places. So as you continue to raise awareness about how to help Black Lives Matter, make sure you are going out to vote in your states as well.
Check Your Voting Registration Status and Make Sure You’re Eligible
To make sure you’re eligible to vote in Georgia, check your current status by visiting the My Voters Page website. Here, you will find all of your needed information for voting. It also includes a list of polling places for your county, Sample Ballots, Absentee Ballot request forms, and more information about Elected Officials. Use this website to also update your voter information.
If you’re not registered, please make sure to register before the next deadline on July 13, 2020. To register to vote, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- a legal resident of the county
- Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote
- Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
- Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge
Upcoming Key and Election Dates in Georgia
On Election Day, polling stations open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you can’t vote during those times, you can either vote early or send in an absentee ballot.
June 9, 2020: Election Day for Georgia General Primary Election, Presidential Preference Primary, Nonpartisan General Election, and Special Election
August 11, 2020: General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan General Runoff, Special Runoff Election for Local and State Offices, General Primary Runoff Election for Federal Offices
October 5, 2020: General Election Voter Registration Deadline
October 12, 2020: In-Person Early Voting Begins
November 3, 2020: US Election Day
As we continue to fight on the front lines, sign petitions, send donations and spread awareness for Black Lives Matter, do your part to vote for the people that will help our Black community.