Georgia Votes: Lee Daniels

Georgia Votes: Lee Daniels

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Georgia Votes: Lee Daniels

Academy award-nominated Director Lee Daniels discusses America post George Floyd, convincing non-voters to exercise their rights, and how Georgia has become a second home for him.

Academy award-nominated Director Lee Daniels discusses America post George Floyd, convincing non-voters to exercise their rights, and how Georgia has become a second home for him.

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Text: Czar Van Gaal

“I think something has changed in the American people, especially after George Floyd's death and the countless murders at the hands of the police. These injustices have really changed the atmosphere of the young voter in America. Something happened, it was like a light switch flipped. I think that was one of the major factors in electing Biden as president and we need to use that same strength we found to take back our country in the presidential election and use it in Georgia’s senate elections. America is more conscious now than it’s ever been. We are awake and we understand what is important. We understand this is not just about our voices anymore - it is about getting other voices to be heard, those that don't think that their voices matter.

“It is important that Georgians get out and vote because we’ve seen how the senate can stonewall the progress this country truly needs.  If we do not use our voices now, the work we did with electing Biden will be in vain. The Georgia senate seats are crucial to fomenting change, and if we do not turn the senate blue we're going to experience the uphill battle that we did with the Obama administration, the senate really tied his hands. We have to gain control of the senate in Georgia so that Biden’s presidency will have a meaningful effect. 

“I filmed Star in Atlanta as well as The Butler. Atlanta holds a special place in my heart, it’s been like a second home for me. I wish I could say I was a resident so I could go vote but I’m not. For me it’s about encouraging, and finding those friends that don't have the care to go vote and forcing them to exercise that right. I mean, I'm surprised by how many people that I have in my immediate circle that just simply didn't want to vote. But when you witness this you can’t turn a blind eye. You have to be willing to argue, convince, and basically lead a horse to the water when it comes to voting. It's not enough that you're voting, you have to make sure that you're dragging people to the polls with you.”

Election Day

If you’d like to vote in-person for this election, just make sure you’re registered and plan out your Election Day plan so you have the time to go and vote on January 5th, 2021. Find your local polling station here, and remember how important it is to exercise your right to vote!

Need a ride to the polls? Plus1Vote is partnering with Uber to provide free rides for the current Georgia senate runoffs! You can use the voucher code “VoteGA”  for a free ride on January 5th! Available here.

 

Absentee Voting

You can also vote absentee for the Georgia Senate runoff.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot was December 15th.

To do so you can complete this application online (you’ll need your county, state ID number, birth date, and legal name). You can also fill out this PDF and return it to your county board of registrars via mail or email.

Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, January 5. You can also drop off your ballot at an official county drop box up until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check your county’s election website for details and dropbox locations.

For more information, head to Plus1Vote for all of your voter questions.

Absentee Voting

You can also vote absentee for the Georgia Senate runoff.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot was December 15th.

To do so you can complete this application online (you’ll need your county, state ID number, birth date, and legal name). You can also fill out this PDF and return it to your county board of registrars via mail or email.

Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, January 5. Request and send your ballot sooner rather than later. Georgia state law says that absentee ballots can be requested through the Friday before the election, but for the January 5 runoff, that Friday is New Year’s Day, so you’ll want to plan ahead for this election. You can also drop off your ballot at an official county drop box up until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check your county’s election website for details and dropbox locations.

Election Day

If you’d like to vote in-person for this election, just make sure you’re registered and plan out your Election Day plan so you have the time to go and vote on January 5th, 2021. Find your local polling station here, and remember how important it is to exercise your right to vote!

For more information, head to Plus1Vote for all of your voter questions.

Credits: PHOTOGRAPHY: AGENT Kim Pollock (VLM Studio), PRODUCER: Tucker Burbilis (VLM Studio), PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Eva Harte (VLM Studio), LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Jodokus Driessen (VLM Studio), STUDIO MANAGER: Marc Kroop (VLM Studio), DIGITAL TECHNICIAN: Brian Anderson (VLM Studio), ON-SITE PRODUCTION: PRODUCER: Gabe Hill (GE Projects), PRODUCTION MANAGER: Suzy Kang (GE Projects), PHOTO ASSISTANT: Chad Ofstedhal, ON-SITE STUDIO REP: Denise Solis

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