When Georgians gather for Thanksgiving, it’s not just food and celebration that’s on their minds. It could swirl around the dinner table.
“Well, I was trying to keep your Thanksgiving from getting in the way of politics. We’ve gotten really close. We’re getting very close. But we’ve got to get a little further. We have to.Are you ready to take it home?Let’s finish it,” Senator Warnock said on Tuesday.
Georgia is no stranger to holiday politics. When states went through two Senate runoff votes in 2020, the cycle was nine weeks long and split between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
But even though this year’s runoff voting cycle is limited to four weeks, voters are still being asked to go to polling stations during the holiday season, and there have been mixed reactions from voters.
Cameron Stargell and Peyton Jones are both sophomores studying out of state. However, both are back in Atlanta for the Thanksgiving holiday and plan to vote in person before returning to school after the festivities.
“It’s really hard, but I really want Warnock to win, so it feels really worth having to vote again.
Both said they were open to any political conversations that might arise while at home.
“I feel like I have to talk about it now because the issues being voted on aren’t things I can ignore. That’s why I feel it’s important to have those conversations.
Early voting begins statewide on Monday, November 28. However, counties can choose to increase early voting days when possible.
Douglas County opened polls on Tuesday and said voters were grateful for the pre-holiday voting option.
“I’m not in town, so I came before I left,” said Alfredia Brennon. “I’m ready to end it. So I’m going to count my votes because I’m tired of watching all the news, commercials, etc. It’s over.”
“I hope this is the last time,” said Samuel Wyatt. “I don’t care. When I found out I could vote early today, I said it would be great.”
However, Wyatt said his family would not discuss politics at Thanksgiving dinner.
“It’s over. We voted. People ask me, ‘Who are you going to vote for?’ I say ‘I voted,'” Wyatt said with a laugh.
Both senatorial candidates warned voters not to turn a blind eye to politics for the holidays.
“If you eat on Thursday and shop on Friday, you can certainly vote on Saturday or Sunday,” Warnock said.
“There’s a reason Thanksgiving isn’t what it used to be. Now you’re looking for what you’re going to do for Thanksgiving. You’re going to have either turkey or chicken. You don’t mind if you have chicken ‘cuz I sell chicken, so buy lots of chicken,’ said Walker.
Voting closes on Thanksgiving and the day after, but following a judge’s ruling that states before the runoff vote are allowed to vote on Saturday, a series of counties will vote on Saturday, November 26 and November 26. It announced early voting on Sunday. 27.