Atlanta – This week, Georgians across the state are continuing to set records for turnout despite long lines, GOP attacks on mail-in ballots, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and new scrutiny on Georgia’s voting machines.
As unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins neglect their responsibilities in Congress and stand by while President Trump undermines the U.S. Postal Service and sows disinformation about mail-in voting, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock has been a strong supporter of expanding voting rights.
Today, Warnock voted early at the State Farm Arena, where he spoke with voters and encouraged other Georgians to vote early and spend Election Day turning out their communities. Warnock has also called on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act in honor of John Lewis and spoken against Trump’s attacks on voting on the USPS.
Warnock encouraged all Georgians to learn more about their early voting options at www.warnockforgeorgia.com/vote.
“All too often, the longest lines are in minority communities. But Georgia voters are showing, in the spirit of John Lewis, that they are determined to make their voices heard in this election,” said Warnock for Georgia spokesperson Ralph Jones, Jr. “Health care is on the ballot in this election, and we cannot afford to elect a senator who will fight to overturn the Affordable Care Act and work to end protections for 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions. Reverend Warnock has been a constant ally of expanding voting rights, and with early and mail-in voting, Georgians don’t need to wait until Election Day to cast their ballot. This is an Election Season, not just an Election Day — Georgians should vote early and spend November 3rd making sure their communities have voted, too.”
Warnock’s own past work on fighting for voting rights includes:
- In the aftermath of 2006’s Hurricane Katrina, Warnock organized buses to help Louisiana voters access the polls and exercise their right to vote as one of his first undertakings after joining Ebenezer Baptist Church.
- In 2017, he became the chair of the New Georgia Project, a voting rights and education advocacy organization founded by Stacey Abrams. Since its inception, the organization has registered over 400,000 new voters.
- Warnock also penned an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, drawing attention to the Georgia Republican party’s assault on voting rights.
- At Ebenezer, Warnock has participated for years in ‘Souls to the Polls’ activities, voter mobilization efforts often hosted at churches and houses of worship across the country to encourage voting in the Black community.
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fifteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
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