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Stacey Abrams coaching Hollywood elites to help Democrats win Georgia runoffs, selling pricey tickets for virtual concert

Democrats are pulling out all of the stops in an effort to win the critical Senate runoffs in Georgia. Failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is attempting to use the power of Hollywood to help sway voters in Georgia.

Starting on Nov. 27, Abrams will hold a weekly briefing “specifically for Hollywood agents, managers, publicists and entertainment execs for how they can best help” in Georgia’s Senate runoff races, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“I believe very much in the power of celebrity to cut through the noise of politics,” Abrams said while promoting her movie “All In: The Fight for Democracy” on Nov. 18. “Whether it was in Georgia or in Michigan or Wisconsin, Arizona, or Nevada — states that faced aggressive voter suppression in 2016, 2018 — it was absolutely an important moment when they heard someone they saw not as a politician, which is an easy community to be suspect of, but those that they trusted as part of the way they think about how they organize their lives. It does indeed matter.”

Abrams, who lost in 2018 to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, has never conceded her campaign loss, and blames her defeat on voter suppression.

Abrams is also planning a virtual concert to raise money for her Fair Fight PAC, an initiative “dedicated to funding, training, and supporting voter protection teams in battleground states across the country.” The “Rock the Runoff” virtual concert will be held on Dec. 3, and include musical acts such as John Legend, Common, Earthgang, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, and Indigo Girls. Tickets to the virtual concert range from $5 to a pricey $25,000 ticket that includes “pre-event reception with Stacey Abrams and a signed thank you note with lapel pin.”

Fair Fight PAC, which was founded by Abrams in 2018 after losing the election, used celebrities in videos to raise funds for the 2020 election. Fair Fight PAC enlisted celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Steph Curry. Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, and Keke Palmer.

In the same THR report, Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown said there’s a “new South that’s rising” because of film production in Georgia.

“We’re trying to tell people not to write Georgia off, that Georgia is on the map,” Brown told the Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve seen this transition — Georgia is the number one place for film productions, so this city has become more internationalized, I think one. I think it’s been attractive to bringing diverse folks to the state. There’s a new South that’s rising with the growing presence of the film and entertainment industry.”

“Many of the celebrities and Hollywood folks have been coming to us really being very transparent about not knowing what to do and asking us what they could do to help the work that’s on the ground. That’s been very refreshing because I’ve seen in other years where I felt people were doing it just to build their brand,” Brown continued. “What I’ve been seeing is across the board, there have been people all throughout the industry that have been stepping up and I do think that that has made a difference.”

Celebrities such as Kumail Nanjiani, Sophia Bush, and Jaden Smith are co-founders of Win Both Seats, an organization supporting the Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia.

Other entertainers who have donated to the Democrats’ Georgia Federal Election Committee or the two Democratic Senate runoff candidates include George Clooney, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Joaquin Phoenix, Jason Bateman, Mandy Moore, Patricia Arquette and Bradley Whitford, according to The Hill.

The Georgia Senate runoffs take place on Jan. 5, and will pit incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R) against candidate Raphael Warnock (D), as well as incumbent David Perdue (R) versus candidate Jon Ossoff (D). If Warnock and Ossoff both win, Democrats would then notch a 50-50 tie in the Senate, and the vice president would serve as the tiebreaker.

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Leftists want folks to move to Georgia to increase Democratic votes for US Senate runoffs — but tactic could be a felony

All eyes will be on Georgia Jan. 5 when a pair of runoff elections will determine the fate of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats presently held by Republicans.

In short, if the Democratic candidates flip the seats, the Senate’s 100 seats will be evenly split between the GOP and Democrats with the deciding vote going to the vice president — and that would be Democrat Kamala Harris assuming Joe Biden takes the presidential oath of office.

With the makeup of the Senate on the line — as well as future U.S. policies — the notion of people actually moving to Georgia so they can vote in the runoff and influence its outcome has become a discussion point on the left.

What are the details?

“I hope everybody moves to Georgia, you know, in the next month or two, registers to vote, and votes for these two Democratic senators,” New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman told CNN on Monday night, according to Fox News.

“These run-offs will decide which party controls the Senate, and thus, whether we’ll have any hope of a large stimulus/climate bill. If you have the means and fervor to make a temporary move to GA, [I] believe anyone who registers by Dec 7 can vote in these elections,” Eric Levitz of New York Magazine’s Intelligencer wrote in a “mostly in jest” now-deleted tweet captured by Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy:

And former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on Twitter that he and his wife are moving to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock who are facing off against incumbent Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Yang didn’t indicate if he plans to register to vote in Georgia, the paper said.

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has taken notice of the move-to-Georgia trend: “My understanding, I learned last night, is they’re even inviting people to move here to come vote,” he said at an event for Loeffler in Georgia on Wednesday, Fox News said, which incited boos from the crowd.

But is it legal?

Sure, anybody can move to Georgia in the next few weeks, establish residency, and register to vote by Dec. 7 — but is it legal?

That depends.

The Journal said those who use this tactic need to stay in the state for a while or risk getting into trouble.

A spokesman for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office cited state law saying it’s a felony to vote in the state’s elections if one is residing in the state briefly with the intention just to vote and then move away, the paper noted.

“These are sensitive issues, and election officials are going to pay attention to what is happening,” Enrijeta Shino, a University of North Florida political science professor who has researched voting issues in Georgia, told the Journal. “People should be very careful about doing that.”

Shino told the paper that folks can move to Georgia briefly to work on campaigns and canvass for candidates, but voting in the state without the intention of staying would be considered fraud.

Legal residents of Georgia who turn 18 between now and Dec. 7 would be eligible to register in the runoff, Shino also told the Journal.

More from the paper:

One of the main ways to establish proof of residency is to provide a valid Georgia driver’s license. People must bring proof of identification, Social Security number and a Georgia primary residence (such as a utility bill). The state Department of Driver Services sends information on new residents obtaining driver’s licenses to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for voter registration, unless the new driver specifically asks the department not to do so, said department spokeswoman Shevondah Leslie.

If drivers meet the state’s requirements, the county board of elections automatically registers new residents to vote. How soon that would take place is not clear.

A sudden influx of new residents could have some impact on what are expected to be close Senate runoff elections.

Eddie Zipperer, assistant professor of political science at Georgia Military College, told Fox News that he’s “seen people saying they’ll move to Georgia, but it’s a lot more difficult than they think. It would be very dangerous and, ultimately, I presume, not worth it.”