Last week started with a rocky Election Day and ended with 200+ legislators preparing to return to the Capitol for resumption of session. In between, the state experienced rising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases, social justice rallies and protests continued around the city, and another police shooting devastated our community.
From long wait times to unprepared precincts to missing absentee ballots, Georgia’s disastrous election on June 9 made national news. Please know that I am working with my colleagues in the State House and Senate to hold accountable the Fulton County Board of Elections and the Georgia Secretary of State to ensure that we address these barriers to voting before the August 11 run-off and the general election in November. Expect updates throughout the summer about how we can make voting accessible for all Georgia voters.
If you had a problem voting in this election, I encourage you to share your story with Fair Fight Action, here.
It’s not too early to request your vote by mail ballot for the August 11th primary runoff election. If you request now, you’re almost guaranteed to receive it in time! You can find the absentee ballot request form here.
I am pleased to announce that I am the official Democratic nominee for House District 54! I look forward to once again earning your vote in November, and continuing the work I’ve begun in the State Legislature.
RETURNING TO THE GOLD DOME
On Monday, June 15, the Georgia General Assembly will reconvene to finish the session. When the legislature suspended on March 13th, Crossover Day, we had completed 29 days of session. The state constitution allows up to 40 days, and we need the additional days to pass a budget and other key legislation, like the Hate Crimes Bill. The State House will look very different – limited entrances open, temperature scans, mandatory masks and a seating chart that spreads us throughout three different spaces to maintain social distancing. There will be no pages, and guests on the floor will be very limited.
While I encourage anyone to visit us at the Capitol, this is not a safe time to do so. Instead, consider watching proceedings and committee hearings via live stream.
For the safety of constituents and Capitol staff, I will not be hosting in-person office hours at my legislative office. Instead, if you would like to meet, please contact me to schedule a call or online meeting.
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state of Georgia, as of June 14, 2020. There have been 57,681 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 2,451 deaths. In the past 7 days, we’ve added 5,783 cases and 271 deaths. We have not seen a weekly total this high since April 19th.
The Fulton County Board of Health tracks the number of COVID-19 cases by zipcode. Their latest update is from June 12th, 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.
To stay updated, follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and follow the Georgia House of Representatives @GAHouseHub on Twitter. Additionally, in-depth information regarding current bills, Georgia’s annual and supplemental budgets, committee meetings, and livestreams from the General Assembly can be accessed via www.legis.ga.gov.
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