Elections

Podcast: What’s new and what’s next in Georgia’s governor’s race

Podcast: What’s new and what’s next in Georgia’s governor’s race

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. Host Greg Bluestein and The AJC's James Salzer discuss how social media, Randolph County and Amazon are impacting the race for Georgia governor and provide a glimpse of the upcoming week for the candidates. If you liked this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, you may also like: Listen: AJC podcast analyzes Georgia runoff election...
Trump’s presidency has meant prominent roles for many Georgians

Trump’s presidency has meant prominent roles for many Georgians

President Donald Trump’s election victory has lifted with it the profiles of a bumper crop of Peach State natives. From his West Wing inner circle to the heart of the self-styled “resistance,” Georgians have helped shape the commander in chief’s behavior, execute his policies — and in some cases lead the fight against his leadership. Some longtime power brokers like the...
Georgia voter registration forms changed to correct ID requirement

Georgia voter registration forms changed to correct ID requirement

Voter registration forms in Georgia have been corrected so that they no longer require proof of residency to be submitted with mailed applications. Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s Office changed the state’s voter registration forms in response to a complaint that they misrepresented ID requirements for first-time voters. The new voter registration form makes clear that applicants...
Battle over voter registrations set stage for Georgia governor’s race

Battle over voter registrations set stage for Georgia governor’s race

As piles of voter registration forms flooded election offices in 2014, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched a fraud investigation into Stacey Abrams’ ambitious effort to boost minority voter turnout. Neither could have known at the time it was the first blow struck in what would become an extensive battle to win voters in Georgia. Long before they were political rivals in...
Capitol Recap: Stockbridge’s newest tactic on Eagles Landing: Bar fight

Capitol Recap: Stockbridge’s newest tactic on Eagles Landing: Bar fight

The city of Stockbridge has opted for a new tack as it tries to fend off the loss of about one-third of its residents and nearly half of its tax revenue that would occur through creation of a city of Eagles Landing. It’s going after the lawyers. Its lawyers. Stockbridge officials say they were double-crossed and have filed complaints with the State Bar of Georgia against state Rep...
Elections: Georgia counties respond to hacking, security threats

Elections: Georgia counties respond to hacking, security threats

As Georgians prepare to cast their ballots in a nationally watched gubernatorial race, the security and reliability of the state’s election system remains a point of concern for many voters and security experts. Polls show that a large percentage of Americans believe there’s a concerted effort underway by foreign entities to undermine American Democracy and promote discord, using everything...
Inside the Georgia governor election 2018

Inside the Georgia governor election 2018

See how the race for Georgia governor is shaping up.  Monitor the latest polls, expert predictions and funding reports in the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.  The few polls taken after Kemp’s GOP runoff victory show a tight race. Stay tuned for more polls, including several from the AJC.  Elections analysts show a tightening race with Kemp still...
Georgia election officials warn of ‘chaos’ if judge orders paper ballots

Georgia election officials warn of ‘chaos’ if judge orders paper ballots

The upcoming general election in Georgia will be “plunged into chaos” if a federal judge grants a request to immediately switch the state to paper ballots, according to attorneys for Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The court filing Tuesday came in response to a lawsuit that is trying to prevent Georgia from using its 27,000 touchscreen voting machines, which the plaintiffs...
Georgia Supreme Court rejects appeal from disqualified candidate

Georgia Supreme Court rejects appeal from disqualified candidate

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously declined to consider an appeal from a former state House candidate who was disqualified because she only became a U.S. citizen last year. Maria Palacios, a Democrat, was removed from the ballot in May by Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp because the Georgia Constitution requires House candidates to be “citizens of this state...
Millionaire candidates stud Georgia’s ballot

Millionaire candidates stud Georgia’s ballot

From the top of the Georgia ticket to the bottom, voters in November will decide between millionaires and candidates with more modest economic backgrounds. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of financial disclosure records found more than half the candidates on the statewide ballot have a net worth that tops seven figures. Those six Republicans and two Democrats have a combined net worth of...
Podcast: Money, ads, calls to resign, and more in Georgia’s governor’s race

Podcast: Money, ads, calls to resign, and more in Georgia’s governor’s race

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. Host Greg Bluestein and The AJC's James Salzer discuss the latest in Georgia's governor's race: money, ads, calls to resign and policy clashes between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp. If you liked this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, you may also like: Listen: AJC podcast analyzes Georgia runoff election...
In Georgia, ‘Moms’ gun control group preps members for public office

In Georgia, ‘Moms’ gun control group preps members for public office

More than 1,000 gun-control activists gathered Friday in downtown Atlanta with their focus on a single political message: The time is now to run. Organizers with the fifth annual Moms Demand Action “Gun Sense University” conference spent the day encouraging attendees to transition from activism to political office — or to find and back candidates who support changes to the country&rsquo...