Issues: Elections

Less than half as many Georgia voters showed up for runoffs

Less than half as many Georgia voters showed up for runoffs

Turnout for Georgia’s statewide runoffs fell off from last month’s high-interest election for governor, but more voters showed up than in most runoff elections. About 21 percent of registered voters — nearly 1.5 million — cast ballots in the Dec. 4 runoff elections for Georgia secretary of state and Public Service Commission, according to state election data.  That&rsquo...
How Brian Kemp turned warning of election system vulnerability against Democrats 

How Brian Kemp turned warning of election system vulnerability against Democrats 

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, had a problem. As did Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state. It was Nov. 3, a Saturday, 72 hours to Election Day. Virtually tied in the polls with Democrat Stacey Abrams, Kemp was in danger of becoming the first Georgia Republican to lose a statewide election since 2006. And, now, a new threat. The secretary of state’s office had left...
Capitol Recap: White House spat muddies Georgia’s hurricane recovery

Capitol Recap: White House spat muddies Georgia’s hurricane recovery

The storm that passed through the White House this week has cast a cloud over funding for Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. The White House clash Tuesday between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer heightened the possibility of a federal government shutdown later this month. The issue of contention is funding for Trump’s long-promised...
Disagreement persists over replacement Georgia voting system

Disagreement persists over replacement Georgia voting system

A group responsible for vetting a more secure and trustworthy Georgia voting system struggled Wednesday to reach agreement over whether to pursue hand-marked paper ballots or touchscreen machines that print ballots. The group of election officials, state lawmakers, political party representatives and voters debated the state’s options to replace its 16-year-old electronic voting machines...
Capitol Recap: Georgia voting has ended. Talk about it hasn’t.

Capitol Recap: Georgia voting has ended. Talk about it hasn’t.

After a primary and primary runoff, a general election and another runoff, it looks like — with the exception of a state House District race in North Georgia where the difference Tuesday was only three votes — that an end can finally be called on the 2018 campaign season. It won’t, however, put a halt to talk about voting. First, 12 lawsuits sprinkled across federal and...
“I’m just Marty.” A visit with Georgia’s low-key future first lady

“I’m just Marty.” A visit with Georgia’s low-key future first lady

ATHENS - After the most draining days on the campaign trail, Marty Kemp could walk out her back door and find solace in a reliable support group: Lula the horse, Miracle the sheep and Butterscotch the goat, part of the menagerie on the Kemps’ Athens-Clarke County farm. “They’d see me coming,” she recalled, nuzzling Lula and her equine companions Roney, Rascal and Diamond. Their...
Barrow concedes to Raffensperger in Georgia secretary of state race

Barrow concedes to Raffensperger in Georgia secretary of state race

Democrat John Barrow ended his run for Georgia secretary of state Wednesday, conceding that Republican Brad Raffensperger held an insurmountable lead. Barrow, a former U.S. congressman, trailed Raffensperger by about 4 percentage points and 57,000 votes, according to preliminary results of Tuesday’s runoff election. While thousands of absentee, provisional and overseas ballots ...
Georgia Republicans appear to win races for secretary of state and PSC

Georgia Republicans appear to win races for secretary of state and PSC

Republican candidates appeared to hold onto two powerful Georgia offices in runoffs Tuesday, but ballots were still being counted for secretary of state and Public Service Commission. Republican Brad Raffensperger declared victory over Democrat John Barrow in the race for Georgia secretary of state, one of Georgia’s most powerful government positions with responsibility for elections, business...
Redo Georgia House election still too close to call

Redo Georgia House election still too close to call

A redo election for a North Georgia seat in the state House of Representatives remained unsettled Tuesday, with just three votes separating the two Republican candidates. The repeat election between state Rep. Dan Gasaway and challenger Chris Erwin was ordered by a judge because dozens of voters received ballots for the wrong districts in the original May 22 Republican Party primary...
Minor issues aside, DeKalb saw no voting delays during election runoff

Minor issues aside, DeKalb saw no voting delays during election runoff

Voter access cards not working and systems saying the voter had already cast a ballot were just a few of the issues DeKalb County residents faced during runoff elections Tuesday. But none of the issues caused the county to extend precinct hours beyond 7 p.m, county spokesman Andrew Cauthen said. “There only have been a handful of complaints, all of which were resolved at the complaints and voters...
2nd Cobb school lockdown means voting precincts will stay open later 

2nd Cobb school lockdown means voting precincts will stay open later 

Two Cobb County elections precinct inside schools will stay open a bit longer Tuesday because of lockdowns that were quickly cleared. The polling places inside Teasley and Murdock elementary schools will stay open 20 and 11 minutes longer, respectively, for Tuesday’s runoffs, the county said in a news release. Cobb Superior Judge George Kreeger granted the petitions, the county...
Two Fulton precincts to remain open later due to early morning issues

Two Fulton precincts to remain open later due to early morning issues

Two Fulton County precincts will remain open later Tuesday due to early morning runoff Election Day issues. The Life Center Ministries polling place, at 2690 Mt. Vernon Road, will stay open an hour later because the polling manager lost a stack of voter access cards, which voters put into machines to cast their ballots. “She shouldn’t have done this. She’s experienced,” said...
What to watch in Georgia’s runoffs for secretary of state and PSC 

What to watch in Georgia’s runoffs for secretary of state and PSC 

Georgia voters will have a fresh chance Tuesday to decide who they want in charge of state elections after a race for governor rocked by voting suppression allegations. And they’ll get an opportunity to pick a member of the state’s regulatory agency in a contest that’s shattered spending records. Tuesday’s runoff pits Democrat John Barrow against Republican Brad Raffensperger...
Nearly 30,000 Cobb voters have already cast ballots in runoff election

Nearly 30,000 Cobb voters have already cast ballots in runoff election

Nearly 30,000 Cobb County voters have voiced their opinions during the early voting period of the runoff midterm election, said county elections head Janine Eveler. These numbers are from Cobb’s five days of in-person early voting ahead of the Dec. 4 election day. Atop the ballot is the secretary of state runoff between Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John...
Democrats double Republicans’ fundraising in Tuesday’s Georgia runoff

Democrats double Republicans’ fundraising in Tuesday’s Georgia runoff

Republicans have run Georgia for more than a decade, but the Democrats in Tuesday’s runoff far outraised their opponents in the four-week campaign. Democrat John Barrow and Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger face off in the secretary of state’s runoff, while Republican Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton, in his bid for re-election, faces Democrat Lindy Miller. In both races...
Voters redo botched Georgia House election 

Voters redo botched Georgia House election 

North Georgia voters will cast ballots Tuesday in a rare do-over election for a state House seat. A judge ordered a rare second election after dozens of voters received ballots for the wrong race in the May 22 Republican primary election. State Rep. Dan Gasaway appeared to lose the primary to Chris Erwin by 67 votes, but Gasaway discovered that mapping mistakes incorrectly placed some Habersham...
More than 11,000 Gwinnett voters cast early ballots in runoff election

More than 11,000 Gwinnett voters cast early ballots in runoff election

More than 11,000 Gwinnett County residents voted early in Georgia’s runoff election, and almost another 11,000 received mail-in absentee ballots, county spokesman Joe Sorenson said. Gwinnett County had five days of in-person early voting for the Dec. 4 race, which includes the runoff between Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow for secretary of state. Voters could cast ballots...
Early voting in Georgia slumps before Tuesday runoff election

Early voting in Georgia slumps before Tuesday runoff election

Early voting turnout before Georgia runoff election Tuesday plunged compared to last month’s highly anticipated general election. About one-fifth as many voters cast ballots in advance of the runoff, according to data from the Secretary of State’s Office. More than 402,000 Georgians voted early for the runoff after 2.1 million voted in advance of the Nov. 6 general election. The statewide...
Inside David Perdue’s 2020 race for another U.S. Senate term

Inside David Perdue’s 2020 race for another U.S. Senate term

As this year’s midterm battles were heating up, U.S. Sen. David Perdue was quietly laying the groundwork for another crucial campaign: his own re-election bid in 2020. The businessman who surged to office on his outsider credentials in 2014 is preparing for a vastly different sort of election, this one as an incumbent with a growing voting record and deep ties to President Donald Trump. The...
Lucy McBath gets ready for her new role in Congress

Lucy McBath gets ready for her new role in Congress

“This is perfect.” Georgia Congresswoman-elect Lucy McBath beamed as she gazed at the Southward vista from her new Capitol Hill office on Friday afternoon. The corner suite was darkened and sparsely decorated — its current tenant, Kentucky Republican James Comer, was still in the process of vacating — but the blue-carpeted workspace still thrilled the Marietta Democrat. The...
State agrees to absentee ballot changes after lawsuit

State agrees to absentee ballot changes after lawsuit

Georgia’s top elections official agreed Friday to allow the counting of absentee ballots that arrive after the Dec. 4 runoff, following a lawsuit filed by state Democrats claiming that delays in sending out the ballots resulted in “arbitrary and disparate treatment” of voters. A federal judge approved a consent order between Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden and state Democrats...
How Georgia’s electorate changed in 2018

How Georgia’s electorate changed in 2018

During the campaign for Governor, Democrat Stacey Abrams made a big effort to register new voters and reach out to minorities. Republican Brian Kemp sought to build off Donald Trump’s 5-point win 2016 win and continue Republican dominance in statewide races. The electorate shifted in ways that helped both campaigns and raises the possibility that Georgia could see more close races in the future...
How the Georgia race for governor came down to the wire

How the Georgia race for governor came down to the wire

Stacey Abrams took an unorthodox approach in her bid for Georgia governor by embracing her party’s progressives to become the top Democratic vote-getter in state history. Republican Brian Kemp adopted a less heralded, mirror image strategy that focused almost exclusively on his party’s most conservative voters. In a state long controlled by the GOP, his was the gamble that paid off. But...
Today is the last day to vote early in Georgia runoff elections

Today is the last day to vote early in Georgia runoff elections

Friday, Nov. 30 is the last day to cast your ballot early in runoff elections for Georgia secretary of state and the third district seat on the Public Service Commission. This marks the last day in a week of early voting for the runoff races.  Neither Republican Brad Raffensperger nor Democrat John Barrow earned more than 50 percent of the vote in the general election for secretary of state....
Voting rights at stake in runoff for Georgia elections chief

Voting rights at stake in runoff for Georgia elections chief

After an election marred by voting problems, Georgia voters will decide in Tuesday’s runoff who should fix them. One candidate for Georgia secretary of state wants to tackle voter purges, long lines and voting rights. His opponent prefers leaving most elections management to county officials and improving training. Democrat John Barrow, a former U.S. congressman, said he&rsquo...
Nuclear power group now has $1m in Georgia utility regulator runoff

Nuclear power group now has $1m in Georgia utility regulator runoff

The Washington D.C.-based nuclear power group hoping to influence the outcome of next Tuesday’s runoff election for a seat on the utility regulating Public Service Commission is continuing to pour money into the race, hitting the $1 million mark in the past two weeks. Nuclear Matters, which has ties to Georgia, pumped more money into mailings supporting the re-election of PSC Commissioner Chuck...
Lawsuit settlement gives Georgia voters greater access to interpreters

Lawsuit settlement gives Georgia voters greater access to interpreters

Georgia voters with limited ability to speak English will be able to bring an interpreter of their choice to the polls, according to a settlement approved by a federal judge Thursday. State election officials consented to lift restrictions on who could serve as an interpreter late Wednesday, hours after a lawsuit sought emergency action from the courts before next week’s runoff election...
Lawsuit fights restrictions on interpreters in Georgia runoff

Lawsuit fights restrictions on interpreters in Georgia runoff

When Georgians who don’t speak English well go to vote in runoff elections Tuesday, state law limits their ability to bring an interpreter. A federal lawsuit asks a judge to intervene, allowing voters with limited English proficiency to use an interpreter of their choice to help them understand their ballots. Registered voters have a right to get help when casting a ballot, said Stephanie Cho...
Fairness of Georgia elections challenged by far-reaching lawsuit

Fairness of Georgia elections challenged by far-reaching lawsuit

A sweeping lawsuit filed Tuesday in the wake of Georgia’s fierce race for governor calls for a federal judge to overturn state laws that resulted in purged registrations, canceled ballots and many other obstacles to voting. Backed by former Democratic nominee for governor Stacey Abrams, the lawsuit continues a fight for voting rights that formed the foundation of her campaign...
Pro-nuclear power group pumps $750,000 into Georgia PSC runoff

Pro-nuclear power group pumps $750,000 into Georgia PSC runoff

An “independent committee” funded by a nuclear-power industry group is plowing at least $750,000 into next week’s Public Service Commission runoff in support of incumbent utility regulator Chuck Eaton, a backer of Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle project. The Georgians for a Brighter Future committee, which was formed the week after the general election, reported receiving its...
Lawsuit alleges votes went missing in Georgia lieutenant governor race

Lawsuit alleges votes went missing in Georgia lieutenant governor race

For some reason, there were tens of thousands fewer votes cast in the Georgia lieutenant governor’s election than any other statewide race. A lawsuit alleges that the drop-off in votes indicates the election between Republican Geoff Duncan and Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico was flawed and should be redone. Duncan won by more than 123,000 votes. The lawsuit, filed Friday by an election...
FROM AJC POLITICS: Trump endorses Republican Raffensperger for Ga. secretary of state

FROM AJC POLITICS: Trump endorses Republican Raffensperger for Ga. secretary of state

President Donald Trump is endorsing Republican Brad Raffensperger for secretary of state in the runoff election against Democrat John Barrow. “Brad Raffensperger will be a fantastic secretary of state for Georgia,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday. Raffensperger “is tough on crime and borders, loves our military and vets. He will be great for jobs!”
Pro-nuclear power group pumps $750,000 into Georgia PSC runoff

Pro-nuclear power group pumps $750,000 into Georgia PSC runoff

An “independent committee” funded by a nuclear-power industry group is plowing at least $750,000 into next week’s Public Service Commission runoff in support of incumbent utility regulator Chuck Eaton, an advocate of Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle project. The group, which was formed the week after the general election, reported receiving the money from a Washington D.C...
‘The proof is in action.’ Kemp faces balancing act as Georgia governor

‘The proof is in action.’ Kemp faces balancing act as Georgia governor

After winning the tightest election for Georgia governor in decades, Brian Kemp must live up to promises he made to vastly different constituencies. He’ll have to do it while also confronting a new push to overhaul voting rules backed by critics who question the legitimacy of his victory. To social conservatives, he vowed to sign the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions, enact gun rights...
Bourdeaux concedes after 7th District recount adds to Woodall’s margin

Bourdeaux concedes after 7th District recount adds to Woodall’s margin

Hours-long recounts in two counties sent the candidates vying for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District home for Thanksgiving with largely the same results — while simultaneously adding yet another chapter to the turbulent election season in Gwinnett County. Wednesday’s recounts in Forsyth and Gwinnett added a total of 14 votes to the margin of victory for U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville...
7th District: Bourdeaux concedes following recounts

7th District: Bourdeaux concedes following recounts

UPDATE, 5:00 P.M.: Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has formally conceded. “This campaign was about more than me; it was about building community and working for change," she said in a news release. "We moved the needle in this district more than anyone thought possible." UPDATE, 3:50 P.M.: Rob Woodall picked up nine votes in the Gwinnett County recount. Carolyn Bourdeaux...
Recount confirms win for Williams over Teasley in Georgia House race

Recount confirms win for Williams over Teasley in Georgia House race

A recount showed that Democrat Mary Frances Williams defeated Republican state Rep. Sam Teasley in a race for a Marietta seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Teasley, who requested the recount, lost one vote when ballots were reviewed again by Cobb County election officials Friday. Teasley lost re-election by 174 votes. The final count was 11,928 to 11,754, a margin of 0.73 percentage...
Bill aims to prevent voter purges in Georgia

Bill aims to prevent voter purges in Georgia

A bill introduced in the Georgia House would stop the government from purging voters just because they didn’t vote in a recent election. Democratic House Minority Leader Bob Trammell proposed the legislation Friday after more than 1.4 million voter registrations were canceled in Georgia since 2012, in many cases because they hadn’t exercised their right to vote for several...
When and where in Cobb to early vote for Georgia’s runoff elections

When and where in Cobb to early vote for Georgia’s runoff elections

Hey, Cobb County, the American elections process isn’t done with your opinion yet. The county has released the locations and times for residents to vote early in the runoff election. Headlining the whole affair is the Secretary of State race between Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow. READ | Cobb certifies midterm election results, throws out 852 ballots During...
‘You can’t run from your roots.’ Kemp sticks to conservative approach

‘You can’t run from your roots.’ Kemp sticks to conservative approach

Gov.-elect Brian Kemp emerged from his narrow victory resolved to pursue the conservative campaign promises that helped energize Republicans to secure him a record number of gubernatorial votes, even if that means wading deep into divisive social debates. Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News in an exclusive interview Monday that he will not retreat from pledges...
When, where in Fulton to early vote in Georgia’s 2018 runoff elections

When, where in Fulton to early vote in Georgia’s 2018 runoff elections

Fulton County will open 15 locations for residents to vote early in runoff elections for key Georgia races.  Voters will decide between Brad Raffensperger and John Barrow for Secretary of State. They can also elect someone to fill the District 3 seat for the Public Safety Commission, in which Republican Incumbent Chuck Eaton is running against Democrat Lindy Miller.  Residents are encouraged...
Georgia leaders try to stem Hollywood revolt after Kemp’s win

Georgia leaders try to stem Hollywood revolt after Kemp’s win

Georgia’s top politicians tried to stem a revolt from some Hollywood executives who threatened to boycott the state’s booming film industry after Brian Kemp won the race for governor, urging moviemakers not to take their frustration out on thousands of workers who depend on their investments. “The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews and make a living here are not to blame,&rdquo...
Georgia certifies election results after nearly two weeks of drama

Georgia certifies election results after nearly two weeks of drama

Georgia’s top election official certified the state’s vote count Saturday, confirming Republican Brian Kemp’s victory in the race for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp led Abrams by 54,723 votes, a 1.4 percentage point margin of victory. Abrams narrowed the gap as additional absentee and provisional votes were counted since Election Day, but she was still...
Now as a governor-elect, Kemp points to Georgia’s future

Now as a governor-elect, Kemp points to Georgia’s future

Republican Brian Kemp won the closest Georgia race for governor in more than 50 years, defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams by a narrow margin after a post-election battle that lasted until the last ballots trickled into county officials more than a week after the vote. His victory capped a divisive race against Abrams that hinged on his relentless appeals to supporters of Donald Trump with promises to...
Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia’s voting process

Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia’s voting process

Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020. But before she considers a new campaign, she is throwing her energy behind a new federal lawsuit alleging mismanagement and malfeasance at nearly every level of Georgia’s electoral...
Close race is over, but doubts remain about Georgia election security

Close race is over, but doubts remain about Georgia election security

Two months before Election Day, a judge asked state officials a deceptively straightforward question: How had they repaired a data breach in Georgia’s voter-registration system? They didn’t know. This exchange, cited in court filings last week, underscored the ambiguities surrounding Georgia’s unusually close Nov. 6 election. A series of lawsuits exposed significant failings...
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