It was another eventful week in the news around Georgia. Peaceful protests continued around the Atlanta area, including a meaningful gathering in Buckhead on Sunday organized by students in our community. Lines snaked around the block as voters faced long waits at early voting locations. Thousands of absentee ballots went missing in Fulton County, forcing many to make a new voting plan. Georgia saw an uptick in new COVID-19 cases, just when we’d hoped numbers had flattened. And we finally got official word from the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor – the Georgia General Assembly will return to the Capitol next Monday, June 15.
Peaceful Protests & Addressing Police Brutality
I continue to stand with those in the community protesting the mistreatment of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). The Georgia House Democratic Caucus is proposing a slate of new legislation to address many of the concerns about “stand your ground” laws, citizen’s arrest protocols, tracking and prosecuting police misconduct, criminal justice reform and more. I’m also fighting to address some of the root causes of racial disparities in our state, including education funding and health care access. These times are difficult, but they are shining a bright light on some of our state’s (and country’s) darkest problems. I cling to the hope that the current advocacy will lead us to make real, systemic change in our policies and systems.
Early voting turnout among Georgia voters was four times higher than during the 2016 Primary!
In my district, 83% of 2020 Primary early voter applicants did not vote in the 2016 Primary. I’m so proud of my constituents for showing up, for making their voices heard, and for ensuring that systemic change is on the horizon.
If you did not early vote or vote by mail, Tuesday, June 9th, is your last chance to vote in the primary election!
Log into the Georgia My Voter Page to check your voter status, view sample ballots, and double check your polling location, as it may have changed:
These two District 54 polling locations have changed, due to COVID-19 safety concerns:
Brighton Gardens of Buckhead → Cathedral of St. Phillip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW 30305
Cathedral Towers → Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW 30305
Voters age 75+ and voters with disabilities do not have to wait in line from 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. Request assistance from a poll worker.
Bring your government-issued photo ID, wear a mask, and bring an umbrella.
If you have not mailed your absentee ballot by now, it will not arrive at the Fulton County Board of Registrars by the deadline of 7 pm, June 9th. You must drop it off at a secure Fulton County ballot box to ensure it will be counted. Locations of Fulton county ballot boxes can be found here.
If you requested an absentee ballot, and would prefer to vote in person, bring your absentee ballot with you when you vote! If you requested one, and never received it, inform a poll worker, and you will still be allowed to vote.
If you encounter any problems, call the Georgia Voter Protection Hotline at 1-888-730-5816.
I could not be prouder to endorse Senator Nikema Williams, MY state Senator and a true fighter for Georgians. Senator Williams is a leading voice in the State Senate. Our community, and the entire state, need her voice in the state legislature fighting to expand access to affordable and quality healthcare, ensure our schools are funded, and for a more just and fair government.
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state of Georgia, as of 3 pm, 6/8/2020. There have been 52,497 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 2,208 deaths. In the past 7 days, we’ve added 4912 cases (+10.5%) and 138 deaths (+6.8%).
The Fulton County Board of Health tracks the number of COVID-19 cases by zipcode. Their latest update is from June 1st, 2020. These are the statistics for confirmed COVID-19 cases for the zip codes located within District 54:
If you haven’t already, please browse my website, betsyforgeorgia.com.
As your Representative, your concerns are important to me. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-0116 with questions, concerns, or solutions you may have regarding legislation or other happenings in District 54.
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When this is all over, I encourage you and your family to visit our State Capitol and my office, where all constituents are welcome. I look forward to connecting with you!
My office is located at:
18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54