Behind the Numbers
Georgia added 1 million new registered voters to its rolls between 2016 and 2020. This inﬂux of new voters helped ﬂip the state from reliably red to blue, and played a key role in the ﬁnal election outcome.
One of the hurdles Democrats have faced in the past is getting voters registered, said Densil Porteous ’02. Before Democrats can drive turnout to the polls, they have “got to inspire people to go and register to vote in the ﬁrst place.” That’s one reason that work propelled by former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams has been so notable, said Jon Green ’14. “Georgia implemented automatic voter registration between 2016 and 2020,” he said. “Structural factors like that are incredibly important.”