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‘Voting rights at stake’: Election Day for Senate runoff is here

GEORGIA — Crystal Greer said come rain, shine, sleet or snow, she is going to be standing in line to cast her ballot, for the Senate runoff race between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker.

“There’s so much at stake right? It’s voting rights at stake,” Greer said.

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“I voted absentee for the general election, but I had some issues, so this time around, I wanted to make sure I’m voting in person,” she said.

Greer said she normally votes early, but she has been back and forth to California to take care of her grandmother.

“I’ve been busy, working around the clock,” she said.

But the weather won’t be ideal for election day. Rain and cold temperatures will definitely be a factor, but Greer said she’ll be prepared.

“I’m going to go grab some umbrellas, some ponchos,” she said.

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Hannah Gebresilassie is the executive director and co-founder of Protect the Vote GA, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that advocates voter mobilization.

She said that’s the advice the nonprofit is encouraging everyone to follow.

“Election day in Georgia for the 2022 Senate runoff is going to be both rainy and cold,” she said.

Despite the rain and cold, there could still be long lines at the polls on Tuesday.

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“We anticipate lines. Now, are they going to be an hour long? Are they going to be two hours long? That I can’t confirm,” Gebresilassie said.

Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint said the weather could definitely affect the voter turnout.

“It could have an impact and I think if it does, it hurts Republicans because Republicans are really dependent, really overly dependent on election day turnout, whereas Democrats are putting a lot of stock in early voting.”

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