If you live in Georgia, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for two elected officials on this November’s ballot. The race is between incumbent Democrat Johnny Isakson and his Republican opponent, former State Representative James E. Ben Ali. Even though they are running against each other, both of these candidates have been representing Georgians in the U.S. Senate since 2005. So how can Georgians vote for both senators? The answer lies within Georgia’s unique election laws that allow voters to select multiple candidates from one party or multiple candidates from different parties. If you are a registered voter in Georgia, you can choose as many different candidates as you’d like in your primary vote on June 20th. However, if you intend to vote for both Isakson and Ben Ali, then it’s important that you know about the separate elections laws that govern this process.
Do Georgians Vote for Both Senators?
No, Georgians do not vote for both senators. They vote for one senator for the state of Georgia, and the other senator is from another state.
What is the Reason Not to Vote for Both Senators?
No compromise on key issues
As a senator, a candidate will be representing you and your country. Therefore, you expect them to compromise and find a middle ground with other parties and decision-makers while they are in the Senate. Unfortunately, term-limited senators tend to hold on to their core beliefs and values and are not very receptive to changing their minds. In most cases, they will attempt to justify whatever decisions they took and actions they took in the past and will not be receptive to listening to other points of view. Of course, there are some exceptions to this rule. But the reality is that, for the most part, the people who will be returning to the Senate in November will be the same senators who have held office for the past 8 years. Therefore, you will be getting a very similar person to what you got in the past.
Both are part of the problem
Unfortunately, both senators are likely to be part of the problem. This happens because incumbents in the Senate are not likely to be receptive to new ideas, new people, and new points of view. With a high number of seats up for reelection every 6 years, there is a good chance that both your senators are from a party that is not very receptive to people who are not from their party. So, even though there may be political parties that are in the majority in the Senate, there will still be a number of senators who are part of the problem. The issues that are likely to be part of the problem are the same issues that are in the problem across the country.
Both are part of the solution
However, there are a few senators who may be part of the solution. These senators are willing to listen to other people who are not part of the political elite, but who still have good ideas and solutions. With a new administration coming into power and the needs of the country being different from what they were when they were in the Senate, these senators are likely to change their minds, if not slowly and gradually, over the course of their term. This is why you should make an effort to vote for both senators who are part of the solution. One of your senators could be a part of the solution and the other a part of the problem.
Incumbent senators don’t always win.
Now, it is true that incumbents tend to have an advantage in the election process. As most voters know the person who is running for office and has an opinion of him or her, it is possible that the person who is up for re-election wins. However, in most cases, this has not been the case. And, in fact, in the last 10 elections, incumbents have won only 4 out of 10 elections. Moreover, in most cases, the party that has held the majority in the Senate for a long time has lost the next election. As a result, you should be worried about the possibility of both your senators being part of the problem and both being term-limited from office.
Only one senator is running for re-election.
Another big reason why you should not vote for both senators is that there is only one in each state. This means that if both of them are part of the problem, then the one who is running for re-election is likely to be part of the problem too. However, it is important to note that this has not been the case in every election cycle. In some cases, there has been only one senator that is running for re-election and in other cases, there have been two. However, generally speaking, one senator is running for re-election and it is likely to be a part of the problem.
Both are term-limited from office.
Finally, in many cases, both of your senators will be term-limited from office. This means that they will only serve for two terms in the Senate and will then have to retire from politics. This is particularly bad news as it means that they will not be accountable to the people who re-elected them as they will then not be eligible to be elected to any other political office in their state. Given that most people do not want to repeat the same mistake, again, you should not vote for both your senators. You should vote for one and make it his or her aim to see the other out of office as soon as possible.
The system to Vote for Senators in Georgia
Check Your Registration
Before we can learn how to vote for both Democrats and Republicans in Georgia, you’ll need to make sure you’re registered to vote. If you’re not sure if you’re registered yet, you can check online by going to this site and entering your information. If you are registered, you’ll also want to double-check that you’re registered in the same party as the candidates you want to vote for.
Figure Out Your District
The first thing you’ll have to do is figure out which district you live in. The website above can help you do this, but if not you can use this interactive map on the GAB to find out where you live. Once you know which district you’re in, you’ll have to find the candidates you’re interested in voting for. It’s important to note that you can’t vote for both candidates in each district at the same time. So, we’ll assume you’re not trying to vote for both of them in the same district.
Vote for Both Democrats Running
The first Democrat you can vote for is Betty Coleman, who is running for the Democratic nomination in District 12. For this race, you’ll just want to vote for Coleman in the Democratic primary, since there will be no general election for this seat. If you want to vote for Coleman in the primary, you can find her name and address on this list.
Vote for Both Republicans Running
Now, you can vote for both Republicans. You can first vote for David Perdue, who is running for reelection in District 11. You’ll want to vote for Perdue in the Republican primary since there will be no general election for this seat.
What You Need to Know About Georgia’s Separate Elections Laws
- You will still have to vote for both Democrats and Republicans.
- For the primaries, you can only vote for one candidate in each party
- If you want to vote for both Democrats and Republicans in the general election, you’ll have to vote in two separate elections.
- If you’re not sure which candidates are running in which election, check out this website .
- In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 18 years of age by Election Day, November 6th!
All in all, it’s a pretty easy process to vote in Georgia. All you have to do is check your registration status and find out which candidates are running in which election. Then, you can go to the polls and cast your ballot for whichever candidate you want. You’ll just have to make sure that you vote for both Democrats and Republicans if you want to cast a ballot in the general election. If you’re not sure how to register, or if you have any other questions about Georgia’s voting laws, feel free to contact us at the office.