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REPORT: New York Activists Are Buying Ubers For Georgia Voters To Get To The Polls

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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Liberal activists in New York are reportedly getting involved in the Georgia runoff elections by buying Ubers to drive voters to the polls.  

Millennial activist group Plus1Vote is spending funds on the ridesharing service to shuttle Georgians to the polls during early voting and on the January 5th election day, co-founder Saad Amer told the New York Post. Amer, a New Yorker himself, said the group is utilizing Uber to “provide free rides to the polls” and “drop off absentee ballots to ballot drop boxes.”

Plus1Vote claims to advocate for better policy on climate change, social justice, and gun control, and the Post reports that it had previously paid for Lyft rides for voters throughout the south in the November general election. The group is partnering with the New Georgia Project, an organization founded by failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, reports the Post. (RELATED: Senate Committees Release A Treasure Trove Of Trump-Russia Documents)

The New Georgia Project, which was also previously led by Democratic senate candidate Raphael Warnock, is currently being investigated for improper voter registration activities. Other New York groups are also getting involved in the Georgia race by phone banking, including New York Young Democrats, Persist Brooklyn, and the Working Families Party, according to the Post. 

New York Republicans are also raising money to help Republican Georgian candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the Post reports. The state GOP held a virtual fundraiser Thursday night with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and has discussed the possibility of phone banking from the empire state, according to the Post. (RELATED: Supreme Court Ruling Sends A Message Churches Can’t Be Treated Like ‘Second Class’ Citizens, Legal Experts Say)

Republicans must win at least one of the two runoff races in order to keep control of the United States Senate.