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#VoterRegistration deadlines on 10/8 & 10/9 🚨
Your ABSOLUTE DEADLINE to register to vote in the #2018Midterms is Tuesday, October 9th! 🚨

You can't vote if you're not registered! If you are registered, check for purges. They happen.
#RegisterNow #BlueWave…

Your ABSOLUTE DEADLINE to register to vote in the #2018Midterms is Tuesday, October 9th! 🚨

You can't vote if you're not registered! If you are registered, check for purges. They happen.

#VoteBlue #IPledgeToVote
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GEORGIA! (Particularly Republicans). I was shocked watching the SOS debates today. Take the 1/2 hr. it takes to watch. I don't endorse candidates, but I will call out outrageous positions. It's clear that @VoteBradRaff has been paying NO attention to ...…
2/ the national story of GA's failed election security and the need for verifiable voting system is completely lost on him. Deflects and changes the subject, and then recommends barcode balloting instead of hand marked paper ballots!
3/ He goes further and ridiculously claims that a new voting system can be installed by this the Fall of 2019!! Any one who knows anything about voting systems and Georgia knows that it is at least a 3 year mission.
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1/ GA voters-- One of the guys debating today @ Atlanta Press Club will be next Sec. of St. Hear their views before you vote. New SOS will recommend the new voting system. Live feed at 10am.…, and and #gapol
2/ I hope that the panel asks hard questions like:
--What is a new voting system realistic for GA? (Any answer less than 3 years shows lack of understanding of the needs.)
--Should counties adopt paper ballots for election day in Nov.?
--Hand marked paper ballots or barcodes?
--Should GA have a uniform voting system or should it permit competition to determine best system for each county from short list of certified systems?
--Should the SOS office continue to program the ballots and tabulations for elections?
--How did GA get into this mess?
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On the campaign trail, I often brag about my five siblings—because they're all extraordinary people.

My younger brother Walter is brilliant, dynamic, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. He also struggles with a drug addiction and has been in and out of prison. #gapol
Around 5 yrs ago, we found out that Walter has bipolar disorder. He was first diagnosed in prison, but he likely first presented in high school. He went undiagnosed and untreated because my family lacked health care, the means to address his illness, & the language to discuss it.
Unable to access the help he needed, Walter self-medicated. Over the years, he made bad choices to support his drug habit, and he ended up in prison.

Walter’s ambition fell in the face of his addiction. And when he was released from prison, Walter stumbled & eventually returned.
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1. 🗳🍑 Georgia: The Epicenter of America’s Corrupted Electronic Elections @jennycohn1 #gapol

GA is one of 5 states still using using voting computers that CAN NOT BE AUDITED.

Due to proprietary laws, courts have refused suits to audit results.…
2. 145 years as a BLUE State, Georgia suddenly flips to RED with the 2002 installation of Diebold Voting Computers.

Fun Fact: GA’s Voting Computers run on WINDOWS 2000.

(Our 20yo son, literally, did a spit-take when I told him. “Omg EVERYONE can hack into our Elections, Mom!”)
3. So how did easily hacked Diebold Voting Computers find their way to Georgia? @jennycohn1 explains:

In 2002 Cathy Cox, GA’s SOS* “allowed Diebold to use her image on their promotional materials.”

WTF? Conflict of Interest much?!

*The Sec. of State (SOS) oversees elections.
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Make no mistake: You did this. Activists in South GA organized, collected signatures, & petitioned elected leaders. Folks elevated this story to the national level, ready to drive people they've never met to polling locations in a place they didn’t know before last week. #gapol
We celebrate this victory, but our work continues.

Many Randolph County residents will still have trouble voting on Election Day. Many more still don't have a reason to get out and try—and Randolph is but one of many GA counties considering plans making it harder to vote. #gapol
Decisions to close polling places are not a matter of cost, but a question of priorities. Your right to vote is priceless, and we have to keep fighting to protect it. Because any effort to suppress the vote or depress voter turnout should be met with outrage & action, not apathy.
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An election night computer "glitch," which occurred just as Jon Ossoff seemed poised to win outright (w/o a runoff), tainted the #GA06 election of 2017. This week, a court may decide whether to ban Georgia's unverifiable touchscreen voting machines in Nov.…
If this sounds similar to the recent gubernatorial primary in Kansas, which I investigated for @tytinvestigates, it's because it is. Very. Similar. Late night "glitch" and all. #ProtectOurVotes…
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Efforts to suppress the vote & depress voter turnout are alive & well in Georgia.

In Randolph—a predominantly Black, rural, low-income county—the board of elections may cut the # of polling locations from 9 down to only 2.

Many would be forced to walk 10+ MILES to vote. #gapol
We are outraged, but we are not discouraged.

Your right to vote is yours. It is a right our ancestors fought and bled for, and we have no choice but to continue that fight.

It is time to pick a side, to pick up the baton, to fight like our future depends on it—because it does.
We can win, but only if we all step up right now.

To reach every voter, knock on every door, give rides to the polls. To fight until everyone knows the power of their vote, has a reason to use it, and sees what is at stake if they do not.

Join the fight:
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Wow! Get this! First, @staceyabrams has a detailed, doable, practical plan for economic development of Georgia

Next, Kemp has mocked Abrams for having student loans & debts like you and me.

Kemp? Stiffed a friend for a whopping $500,000!

Wow! Geez!

And education!

From early childhood learning to truly universal pre-k, fully-funded K-12 public schools, apprenticeship programs, tuition-free technical college, and debt-free four year college @staceyabrams has a plan to educate Georgians.… #GAGov #gapol
A true American story. This is real life.

Wouldn't it be better if the people making decisions had walked the walk.

The life experiences & debt of Stacey Abrams make her even more qualified for Governor of Georgia

She's been there & working on it…
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Rural healthcare reality✔️: thread.

For 14 yrs, 1 party (GOP) has controlled GA state gov’t w/legislative majorities + Governor.

In that time, 7 rural have hospitals closed. 64 counties have no pediatrician, 79 no OB/GYN, 9 no doctor at all. 1/
Per the article: “Georgia’s GOP-dominated Legislature decided not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, saying the state could not afford the long-term cost. That has left adults who earn less than the poverty level uninsured.”
Result: 240k Georgians in ‘Medicaid Gap’
That means 240,000 more Georgians COULD have health insurance if we expanded Medicaid - but that ONE party in power (GOP) chose not to do so. That same decision also cost Georgia 56,000 JOBS annually and $6.5 billion in economic output according to @GaBudget
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@ClayTippins @staceyabrams @BrianKempGA Imagine needing a $50k lifesaving surgery covered by Medicaid, but you make just enough that you don’t qualify because GA Republicans sent BILLIONS of GA taxpayer $’s to FL and AL and NY instead of expanding Medicaid /1 #gapol
@ClayTippins @staceyabrams @BrianKempGA which even the GA Chamber thinks is a good idea. Now imagine that because of those decisions the only hospital within 50 miles is closed because it collapsed under the cost of uncompensated care directly resulting from those same /2 #gapol
@ClayTippins @staceyabrams @BrianKempGA GOP decisions. Now imagine how difficult it might be for the paramedics to keep you alive for an hour in an ambulance while you experience congestive heart failure. Imagine worrying through all of that how your spouse /3 #gapol
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1.) I was one of thousands of volunteers who worked tirelessly for Jon Ossoff's campaign during the 2017 6th district special election. What was SO frustrating about that loss (aside from the fact that he would have made a amazing congressman) was that the outcome didn't-
2.) - make any sense whatsoever - not with what I'd seen on the ground as a canvasser, not with the number of Democrats I saw streaming into my polling place when I was a poll watcher. I'm not an election integrity expert, but I, like many other Ossoff supporters, were thrilled -
3.) when @MarilynRMarks1 filed a lawsuit challenging the results. And then a few days later #BrianKemp wiped the server clean of data. So many people sacrificed so much during that campaign for someone to be our voice in the House, and now we couldn't even contest the results.
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@PeachResist @nytimes Coincidentally last week I was asking @MarilynRMarks1 @jennycohn1 @CoalitionGoodGv if anyone had written an OpEd in a major paper about Kemp and his criminal Election actions and now Ta Da!...a true example of ask and it shall be given;)
@PeachResist @nytimes @MarilynRMarks1 @jennycohn1 @CoalitionGoodGv A Breakdown of @ProfCAnderson’s @nytimes OpEd about our Sec. of State, @BrianKempGA’s CORRUPT control over our Election System:

My opinion: Kemp violates our Constitutional Right to Vote. He DISHONORS everyone who serves and has served our country since the American Revolution.
@PeachResist @nytimes @MarilynRMarks1 @jennycohn1 @CoalitionGoodGv @ProfCAnderson @BrianKempGA 2. “Voter suppression keeps Georgia a red state.” #gapol

I would also argue that Diebold Voting Computers not only keep Georgia a Red State - but artificially changed Georgia from a Blue to Red State from 2002 to today.
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“When Republicans focus on these side issues like religious liberty, when they spend more time on a resolution about kneeling football players than they do on fixing the rural health care crisis, that’s heat loss....It literally conducts energy away from the problems at hand.” 1/
Afterwards I asked her how this Democratic team of women would work over the next few months. “Women learned a long time ago that one of the best ways to make our voices heard was to amplify one another. I’ve seen it in the board room, and I’ve certainly seen it in politics,” 2/
But Amico doesn’t want the general election to become a battle of the sexes. “This is a slate of candidates that looks like the state. What I love is, there’s this consistent, pragmatic, problem-solving, results-oriented approach,” she said. 3/
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Georgia was #Democratic until 2002 when #Diebold touchscreen voting machines were installed. Did everyone miraculously turn #Republican? Or did Democracy boldly die in #gapol with #DieBold #NoAccountability?…
#ConnectingTheDots Facts of Georgia's voting since 2002 and #Diebold are mindblowing to me. Now the person running for #GaGovernor is overseeing the election. We need #PaperBallotsInGa @karenhunter @MadisonSiriusXM @amjoyshow @EricHolder @TomPerez @GAWINList
I am the #Democratic nominee for GA State Senate District 9 Gwinnett Co., the most diverse county in SE USA. I am proud that #diversity and #inclusion is now on the ballot for the district! Donate to my campaign and help me #FlipGaBlue #gapol
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Machines down in Georgia! “Here we go ladies. Went to my poll at Blackwell in Cobb county not a single computer was working. The “fixer” that came couldn’t fix it. Had to vote on a provisional ballot. Called Cobb Election Bd I knew more then they did.” 1/
2/ I don’t know if it’s electronic poll books or the voting machines but I asked. Voter was given a provisional ballot. cc: @markniesse #gapol
3/ This is from a private FB group.
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In April, voting machine vendor ES&S (44% US election equipment) admitted in a letter to Sen. Wyden that it “installed REMOTE-ACCESS SOFTWARE on election-management systems it sold over a period of 6 years”! ES&S previously lied about this to the NYT!… 1/
2/ “It’s not clear why ES&S would have only installed the software on the systems of “a small number of customers” and not all customers, unless other customers objected or had state laws preventing this”
3/ Election management systems “sit in county election offices and contain software that in some counties is used to program all the voting machines used in the county; the systems also tabulate final results aggregated from voting machines.”
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How to make sure Lucy wins next Tuesday - A Thread #GA06 #gapol
Phonebanking: Making calls is one of the most efficient ways to help us reach out to voters. We are hosting Virtual Phonebanks (meaning you can phonebank from home!) every evening between now and the election from 6pm-8pm. Signup here --->
Canvassing: Knocking on doors is a great way to talk with voters. Whether you have canvassed before, or this would be your first time, signup to canvass here and we will reach out shortly --->
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Pls read the new "update" at the end of my article, discussing ambassador Kislyak's April 2016 visit to Kennesaw U. (which housed GA's Election Ctr) & contacts btwn Russia & the Election Dir of Fulton County, which had a major "glitch" in the GA06 primary.…
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Not-so-fun-fact: Every year Georgia doesn’t expand Medicaid, we miss out on $3 billion (billion, with a “B”) federal dollars meant to pay for Georgians' health coverage. That’s $8 million left on the table every day. Here's why that matters. 1/… #gapol
240k Georgians earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to receive subsidies available under the #ACA. They fall in a “coverage gap.”
Medicaid expansion would close that gap, providing health coverage to 473k more Georgians in '19. 2/ #gapol…
But back to the $3 billion/year. The $8 million Georgia leaves on the table every single day could be used to keep our rural hospitals open, expand access to mental health care, and reduce our alarmingly high maternal and infant mortality rates. 3/ #gapol…
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I met Pam last year during one of many trips to Macon, Georgia.

Pam has two daughters on their way to college, one of whom was expecting. Like so many family members across Georgia, Pam planned to raise her grandchild while her daughter received an education. 1/ #gapol
As I talked with Pam, I watched her eyes sparkle as she spoke of all she wanted for her daughters and about their aspirations: One, to become an educator; the other, to work in law enforcement.

I couldn't help but wonder what Pam wanted for her own life. 2/ #gapol
When I asked, she looked at me like I was crazy. "I just told you everything that I want."

I clarified: "But Pam, what do you want for yourself?"

She paused. After a few seconds, she replied: "I don't know. No one has ever asked me that question before." 3/ #gapol
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The future is bright for Democrats in the Deep South.

Last night, I had the honor of joining Sen.@DougJones of Alabama, Georgia’s next lieutenant governor, @SarahRiggsAmico, my friend and colleague, @EvansForGeorgia, and @GeorgiaDemocrat at #StateDinner18. 1/ #TeamAbrams #gapol
In recent months, there has been a conversation about whether the Democratic Party is searching for its soul. We have a soul, and we’ve known where our soul is for a very long time. 2/ #gapol
Our soul lies with the workers who toil and wonder if they’ll ever make enough money to support their families. Our soul rests with the immigrants who hide in the shadows, lest they be stripped from their families. 3/ #gapol
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As @staceyabrams prepares to make victory speech, a supporter yells: "you look like a governor!" #gapol
“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired,” a jubilant Abrams said, adding: “And I know for the journey ahead, we need every voice in our party, and every independent thinker in the state.” #gapol
“Together we will shape a future with a boundless belief in the historic investment of children who are at the very core of every decision we make.”
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