Good morning! Today is Jan. 5 and Georgia is in the midst of a tumultuous runoff election that will determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. It will also put an end to all those mailers and text messages you’ve been bombarded with. Here is what you need to know today.
- Donald Trump and Joe Biden were both in Georgia yesterday to campaign with Georgia’s candidates for senate.
- Election officials in Georgia — all republicans — were actively debunking Trump’s claims of voter fraud yesterday in an effort to try to convince republicans to vote in today’s election.
- Republicans in Georgia and throughout the country are split about a phone call where Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes he needed to win the state and to tell voters he had “recalculated” the votes.
- The New Year’s holiday turned deadly on Georgia’s roads. The Georgia State Patrol reported 13 deaths over the New Year’s holiday.
- Atlanta has seen an increase in violent crime. Here is what Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is doing about it.
- You don’t often hear of firefighters getting arrested, but a firefighter in Hartwell was arrested and charged with theft yesterday.
- A deputy in Henry County died from COVID-19.
Voters will cast their ballots today in two U.S. Senate races. One is between Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock and the other is between Republican David Perdue and Democrat John Ossoff. If you’re still not sure who you’re voting for, or woke up this morning and realized there was an election, here are some recent stories relating to the senate race.
- Are Colorado’s voting laws really more restrictive than Georgia’s?
- Gwinnett County will not prosecute for giving water to voters
- Inside Look: How Georgia’s gun rights bill got shot down at the last minute
- Here’s how Georgia is spending your taxpayer money this year
- Gun rights bill fails in Georgia legislature
- Everything you need to know about Sine Die in Georgia
- Gun rights bill passes in Georgia senate
- Everything you need to know about Georgia’s new voting law
- Election law fight intensifies after Georgia lawmaker’s arrest
- Legal challenges filed hours after Kemp signs controversial election bill
- Georgia House passes 95-page election overhaul bill
- Big changes made to Georgia’s election reform bills
- Georgia’s elections chief will face challengers in Republican primary
- Georgia lawmakers want to make protests that block highways a felony
- Georgia lawmakers pass tax cut despite federal penalty
Temperatures will get up to about 52 degrees today with minimal chance for rain. You’ll want to vote during the day though. Evening temperatures will dip to 39 degrees and may hit freezing in the overnight hours.
Coronavirus: More than 6,000 Georgians are testing positive for coronavirus per day. The 7-day-average is the highest it has been in the state.