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The Local Take talks Election Day and Results with Tharon Johnson from The Georgia Gang


Election day, the last day to vote in this historic election is Tuesday, November 3, and we'll be able to look at the results instead of the polls. I asked Tharon Johnson, a Democratic Party political analyst from the Georgia Gang, to join us this morning on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am) to talk about election day and election night results.  

I asked Johnson about election night and what we should look for as polls close. Of course, I wondered if he thought we'd know the results on election night? I asked him if Pennsylvania goes for Biden, is it over? If Florida goes for Trump, is it over? What are the first things we should look for when the election returns start?
The polls have Georgia as a battleground state for the first time in decades. We know that polling in 2016 missed uneducated white voters. The pollsters this year have made adjustments. I asked Johnson if he thinks we can trust the polls this year? He speaks about the organizing that never stopped after the 2018 election. He mentions the young people that were signed up during the Black Lives Matter protest. While young voters have shown up in large numbers during early voting, I asked if he thought it would continue on election day? Johnson said that millennials would make a difference in this election. He shares that 63% of the 18-29-year-olds who are voting this year didn't vote in 2016. He doesn't believe that Biden is making a mistake by visiting Georgia. 
We discuss outcomes if there is a small percentage between the candidates. We discuss if the courts will get involved. He shares his thoughts on the likelihood of a wave election. 
I ask Johnson how he came to become involved in the political arena. He shares that it all started at Clark Atlanta University. Johnson came on a football scholarship and spoke about his mentor Dr. Thomas Cole, Jr. He also mentions his first job after graduation was with Mayor Bill Campbell. 
If you are voting on November 3rd, you find your precinct at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. If you have any challenges voting, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. If you are in line to vote on election day and the poll closing time approaches don't get out of line, you will be allowed to vote. For any challenges, ask to receive a provisional ballot.