Joe Biden is heading to Georgia on Tuesday in the final proposal for a vote in the deep South Peach state – for the first time in decades – as an election battleground.
If the Democrats win here, it will probably signal a clash for Donald Trump’s re-election bid.
All pre-poll records before the state have been broken here with an explosion in the excitement of voting.
But the fever of voting has led to calls for an increase in voter repression and other tactics in an area where black voting is seen as potentially important, trying to change the outcome.
Long lines of voters line up every day to cast their ballots, with some waiting for 11 hours on the first day of the first polling on October 12.
“There’s been a lot of intimidation in the state of Georgia,” said Fenica Miller of the Black Matters campaign.
“Blacks seem to have a problem with people exercising their rights, as if we didn’t have them. And we know that voter repression and voter intimidation are as old as American pie.”
There could be growing tensions as Georgia’s race is now very close to calling after decades of voting – the latest polls show candidates are neck and neck
Atlanta’s huge billboards in the suburbs are urging people to vote and vote soon.
Giant colored murals urge residents to show up as the most important spiritual choice in their lives. Even ATM machines carry messages to cast your ballot.
“I’m not voting for president,” an elderly woman told us as she walked to the Cobb County polling station. “I’m voting to get the president out.”
Tight competition for countless reasons. The first and perhaps most significant is the changing demographic of the state capital, Atlanta.
Over the past few years, black, Latino and Hispanic workers have seen the rise of gravitating in the city.
Many are thought to be more likely to vote Democratic. Those we’ve talked to see Donald Trump’s racist policies as the main motivation to vote against him.
Police brutality and the extraordinary amount of black Americans – who have been killed by police across the country and in Georgia – also seem to have taken the black vote seriously, especially among young people.
The president’s reluctance to condemn white supremacists is seen as divisively inflammatory, and many are clearly feeling threatened.
We saw a group of mostly young voters on the way to the city’s State Farm Arena with a group of several heavily armed body armors and carrying weapons. “Vote”, they shouted, “Vote! Vote! Vote!”
One of the gun carriers told us, “You never know when the attack will come … You never know who… or where it will come from,” one of the gun carriers told us.
Among the identifiers was 22-year-old Destiny Brit.
“We’re literally voting for our lives,” he said.
“If the president says that people who are directly fighting to kill black people are good people … I don’t know what else will scare you for your life … I’m fighting for my life and the lives of my children, generation.”
The Georgia Sky team has spent the past few days inspecting multiple preliminary polling stations and found that the overwhelming majority had expressed deep doubts about the long queues and the difficulty in casting ballots.
In Marietta, just north of Atlanta, many spoke of their concerns about the three-hour long wait
“There are various ways that voters are being suppressed and the government is now trying to suppress the vote,” Curtis Chicks told us.
“And one of them is the long line that keeps people from voting.”
In the offices of Warner Robbins’ Black Voter Matter Group, many volunteers were told by their organizer, Fenica Miller, that they had to look for new energy to expand as many potential voters as possible throughout the past week.
“Do we really need to make a final push, a tough push?” He requested them.
He sent volunteers twice and in the thirties “for safety.” Why we weren’t in the campaign before we saw it.
” He just told us to get out of the area, ” Tekeria Mathis said, leaning towards an empty chested white man a short distance down the same street.
What we asked was frightening: “No,” he replied with a smile.
Are you worried? “No” Are you angry? “No” do you feel? “Strength,” he said – without losing a heartbeat.
Georgia’s demand for voter repression is not entirely illegal
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They remember what happened last week like 2018. They then defeated Democratic rival Stacey Abrams in favor of the governor by a margin of nearly 50,000 votes in the nearly controversial ballot, which M.A. Many, including Abram, thought it was ‘stealing.’
Many voters complained of excessively long waits. Many have left the hull or are at home, others have complained of being removed from the voter list.
There were complaints of weaknesses in the new electronic voting machine in the run-up to the June election.
Doubts alone seem to have fascinated voters even more, and there has been plenty of concerted effort to get involved with Millennium and Generation Z voters.
Looking at the initial accounts it seems to have worked.
Georgians under the age of 40 are thought to be three times more likely to vote early than in 2016, with nearly 600,000 young voters already casting their ballots.
First-time voter Madison Myers waited more than two hours to vote at the Marietta: “I was really surprised to find myself in line because when I was at the end, behind it, I just wanted to get back in my car.”
He told us that the main motivation was to try to oust Donald Trump.
The 18-year-old told us, “It’s not really his politics. I just hate the guy and what stands up for him.”
The motivation to vote among new school dropouts on his urgent basis was overwhelming: “We’re all massaging each other, saying you have to vote.”
But while President Trump still maintains popularity in the White Atlanta suburbs, it has become the closest presidential office here in decades. Problems exist with election day being considered and doubts can also mount on the vote as the voting line grows
“If I were to be truthful, it would probably be one of the most important elections of all time,” he told Sky News.
“There’s a lot of risk involved and we need to make some changes. We got out of here and heard our voices. That’s why we’re here.”