Food and joy will not be the only things on Georgians’ minds when they meet for Thanksgiving. Politics may also come up at the dinner table as the Thanksgiving holiday falls in the middle of a contentious runoff election campaign.
“Well, I was trying not to disrupt your Thanksgiving with politics. We came very close. Very near. But we’ve got to go a little bit further. Are y’all ready to bring this home? Let’s get it done,” Sen. Warnock said Tuesday.
During the holidays, Georgia is no stranger to politics. When the state had two Senate runoff elections in 2020, the cycle was nine weeks long and cut into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
Despite the fact that this year’s runoff cycle is only four weeks long, voters are still being encouraged to go to the polls throughout the holiday season, which has elicited conflicting reactions from the voting public.
Cameron Stargell and Peyton Jones are both out-of-state sophomore college students. However, both are back in Atlanta for the Thanksgiving break and want to vote in person before returning to school following the holidays.
“It’s really hard, but I think it’s worth it to vote again for Warnock because I really want him to win. So I think it will be good for us in the long run if we do that “said Stargell.
Both said they are willing to talk about politics if they come up while they are home. Jones said, “I think you have to talk about it now because the issues being voted on are not things you can ignore, so I think it’s important to have those talks.”
Early voting starts for everyone in the state on Monday, November 28. Counties could add more early voting days if they wanted to. Douglas County opened its polls on Tuesday, and people who voted said they were glad they could do so before Thanksgiving.
“I’m not going to be in town, so I came before I left,” Alfredia Brennon explained. “I’m ready for it to be over, so I’m going to vote because I’m sick of seeing all the news, advertisements, and all that. I’m over it.”
“I’m hoping this is the last time,” Samuel Wyatt remarked. “It’s not that I mind because when I heard out today that we could vote early… I thought it was fantastic.”
Wyatt, on the other hand, stated that his family would most likely not be talking politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. “It’s over. We voted. People ask me, ‘Who did you vote for?’ I answer, ‘I voted.'” Wyatt laughed. Both Senate candidates warned voters not to ignore politics during the holidays.
Sen. Warnock said, “If you eat on Thursday and go shopping on Friday, you can definitely vote on Saturday or Sunday.”
“There’s a reason why Thanksgiving isn’t like it used to be. Now, you’re thinking about what you’re going to do for Thanksgiving. You’re either going to have a turkey or chicken. I don’t mind if you have chicken, because I sell chicken, so buy a lot of chicken,” Walker said.
Polls will be closed on Thanksgiving and the day after, but after a judge ruled that people in the state can vote on Saturdays before the runoff, a number of counties said they would let people vote early on Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27.