Mark Niesse

Georgia government reporter

Mark Niesse covers Georgia government. He previously covered DeKalb government and Atlanta schools. Before coming to the AJC, he worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday for Georgia primary election
 The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp...

Posted: a day ago

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp...
Primary election will lead to turnover in Georgia Legislature
 Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to...

Posted: 2 days ago

Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to...
How to hack elections on Georgia’s electronic voting machines
 A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people...

Posted: 3 days ago

A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people...
Public review of new Georgia voting system launched
 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is moving forward with efforts to replace the state’s electronic voting machines after legislation to do so failed. Kemp announced Friday he’s forming a bipartisan commission of lawmakers, political party leaders, election officials and voters to recommend a new voting system for the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is moving forward with efforts to replace the state’s electronic voting machines after legislation to do so failed. Kemp announced Friday he’s forming a bipartisan commission of lawmakers, political party leaders, election officials and voters to recommend a new voting system for the...
Georgia House speaker held up session’s end for bill pushed by his son
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston delayed the end of this year’s legislative session past a midnight deadline so lawmakers could vote on a bill to allow speeding ticket cameras in school zones. The bill was pushed by Ralston’s son, a lobbyist for an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, that sells the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston delayed the end of this year’s legislative session past a midnight deadline so lawmakers could vote on a bill to allow speeding ticket cameras in school zones. The bill was pushed by Ralston’s son, a lobbyist for an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, that sells the...
Republican secretary of state candidates debate Georgia’s voting system
 All four Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state said Monday they want to replace the state’s electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper record for verification. But none of them ruled out using computers to print ballots, a voting method opposed by several election integrity groups that say it&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

All four Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state said Monday they want to replace the state’s electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper record for verification. But none of them ruled out using computers to print ballots, a voting method opposed by several election integrity groups that say it&rsquo...
Terror fears at Georgia Capitol drive effort to shut short street
 Citing concerns about terrorism, the state is again calling for the short street between the Capitol and Supreme Court building to be permanently closed to vehicles. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution to shut down part of Mitchell Street because a terrorist could use it to run down pedestrians, as in last year&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Citing concerns about terrorism, the state is again calling for the short street between the Capitol and Supreme Court building to be permanently closed to vehicles. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution to shut down part of Mitchell Street because a terrorist could use it to run down pedestrians, as in last year&rsquo...
Case against Georgia debt collector settled for $8.5M
 A debt collection company is giving up $8.5 million in consumer debt under a settlement with the state of Georgia. The Lawrenceville company, National Check Resolution Inc., illegally threatened consumers with imprisonment and garnishment of wages, according to the allegations in the settlement announced Wednesday.  Attorney General...

Posted: 16 days ago

A debt collection company is giving up $8.5 million in consumer debt under a settlement with the state of Georgia. The Lawrenceville company, National Check Resolution Inc., illegally threatened consumers with imprisonment and garnishment of wages, according to the allegations in the settlement announced Wednesday.  Attorney General...
Georgians to vote on victims’ rights and green space amendments
 Georgia voters will decide in November on initiatives to ensure victims are notified about their court cases and to set aside tax money for green space preservation. Those proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution will appear on the ballot after they passed the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session, which ended last...

Posted: 17 days ago

Georgia voters will decide in November on initiatives to ensure victims are notified about their court cases and to set aside tax money for green space preservation. Those proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution will appear on the ballot after they passed the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session, which ended last...
Computer snooping ban passes Georgia Legislature
 A proposal to ban accessing a computer or network without permission is now in the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal. Supporters of Senate Bill 315 say it’s needed to prevent identity theft and other online crimes, while cybersecurity researchers said it would criminalize legitimate efforts to find and fix vulnerabilities...

Posted: 18 days ago

A proposal to ban accessing a computer or network without permission is now in the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal. Supporters of Senate Bill 315 say it’s needed to prevent identity theft and other online crimes, while cybersecurity researchers said it would criminalize legitimate efforts to find and fix vulnerabilities...
Georgia Legislature emerges from Delta fallout with productive session
 Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...

Posted: 21 days ago

Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...



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Mark Niesse

Georgia government reporter

Mark Niesse covers Georgia government. He previously covered DeKalb government and Atlanta schools. Before coming to the AJC, he worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday for Georgia primary election
 The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp...

Posted: a day ago

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp...
Primary election will lead to turnover in Georgia Legislature
 Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to...

Posted: 2 days ago

Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to...
How to hack elections on Georgia’s electronic voting machines
 A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people...

Posted: 3 days ago

A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people...
Public review of new Georgia voting system launched
 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is moving forward with efforts to replace the state’s electronic voting machines after legislation to do so failed. Kemp announced Friday he’s forming a bipartisan commission of lawmakers, political party leaders, election officials and voters to recommend a new voting system for the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is moving forward with efforts to replace the state’s electronic voting machines after legislation to do so failed. Kemp announced Friday he’s forming a bipartisan commission of lawmakers, political party leaders, election officials and voters to recommend a new voting system for the...
Georgia House speaker held up session’s end for bill pushed by his son
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston delayed the end of this year’s legislative session past a midnight deadline so lawmakers could vote on a bill to allow speeding ticket cameras in school zones. The bill was pushed by Ralston’s son, a lobbyist for an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, that sells the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston delayed the end of this year’s legislative session past a midnight deadline so lawmakers could vote on a bill to allow speeding ticket cameras in school zones. The bill was pushed by Ralston’s son, a lobbyist for an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, that sells the...
Republican secretary of state candidates debate Georgia’s voting system
 All four Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state said Monday they want to replace the state’s electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper record for verification. But none of them ruled out using computers to print ballots, a voting method opposed by several election integrity groups that say it&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

All four Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state said Monday they want to replace the state’s electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper record for verification. But none of them ruled out using computers to print ballots, a voting method opposed by several election integrity groups that say it&rsquo...
Terror fears at Georgia Capitol drive effort to shut short street
 Citing concerns about terrorism, the state is again calling for the short street between the Capitol and Supreme Court building to be permanently closed to vehicles. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution to shut down part of Mitchell Street because a terrorist could use it to run down pedestrians, as in last year&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Citing concerns about terrorism, the state is again calling for the short street between the Capitol and Supreme Court building to be permanently closed to vehicles. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution to shut down part of Mitchell Street because a terrorist could use it to run down pedestrians, as in last year&rsquo...
Case against Georgia debt collector settled for $8.5M
 A debt collection company is giving up $8.5 million in consumer debt under a settlement with the state of Georgia. The Lawrenceville company, National Check Resolution Inc., illegally threatened consumers with imprisonment and garnishment of wages, according to the allegations in the settlement announced Wednesday.  Attorney General...

Posted: 16 days ago

A debt collection company is giving up $8.5 million in consumer debt under a settlement with the state of Georgia. The Lawrenceville company, National Check Resolution Inc., illegally threatened consumers with imprisonment and garnishment of wages, according to the allegations in the settlement announced Wednesday.  Attorney General...
Georgians to vote on victims’ rights and green space amendments
 Georgia voters will decide in November on initiatives to ensure victims are notified about their court cases and to set aside tax money for green space preservation. Those proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution will appear on the ballot after they passed the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session, which ended last...

Posted: 17 days ago

Georgia voters will decide in November on initiatives to ensure victims are notified about their court cases and to set aside tax money for green space preservation. Those proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution will appear on the ballot after they passed the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session, which ended last...
Computer snooping ban passes Georgia Legislature
 A proposal to ban accessing a computer or network without permission is now in the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal. Supporters of Senate Bill 315 say it’s needed to prevent identity theft and other online crimes, while cybersecurity researchers said it would criminalize legitimate efforts to find and fix vulnerabilities...

Posted: 18 days ago

A proposal to ban accessing a computer or network without permission is now in the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal. Supporters of Senate Bill 315 say it’s needed to prevent identity theft and other online crimes, while cybersecurity researchers said it would criminalize legitimate efforts to find and fix vulnerabilities...
Georgia Legislature emerges from Delta fallout with productive session
 Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...

Posted: 21 days ago

Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...





Mark Niesse

Georgia government reporter

Mark Niesse covers Georgia government. He previously covered DeKalb government and Atlanta schools. Before coming to the AJC, he worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday for Georgia primary election
 The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp...

Posted: a day ago

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia’s primary election is Tuesday. The May 22 primary election will feature Republican and Democratic races for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, the General Assembly and more. Georgia citizens can sign up to vote online at www.mvp...
Primary election will lead to turnover in Georgia Legislature
 Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to...

Posted: 2 days ago

Next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to...
How to hack elections on Georgia’s electronic voting machines
 A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people...

Posted: 3 days ago

A rapt audience watched as professor Alex Halderman, an expert on electronic voting machines, changed votes in a hypothetical election before their eyes. At a Georgia Tech demonstration this week, Halderman showed how to rig an election by infecting voting machines with malware that guaranteed a chosen candidate would always win. Four people...
Public review of new Georgia voting system launched
 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is moving forward with efforts to replace the state’s electronic voting machines after legislation to do so failed. Kemp announced Friday he’s forming a bipartisan commission of lawmakers, political party leaders, election officials and voters to recommend a new voting system for the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is moving forward with efforts to replace the state’s electronic voting machines after legislation to do so failed. Kemp announced Friday he’s forming a bipartisan commission of lawmakers, political party leaders, election officials and voters to recommend a new voting system for the...
Georgia House speaker held up session’s end for bill pushed by his son
 Georgia House Speaker David Ralston delayed the end of this year’s legislative session past a midnight deadline so lawmakers could vote on a bill to allow speeding ticket cameras in school zones. The bill was pushed by Ralston’s son, a lobbyist for an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, that sells the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston delayed the end of this year’s legislative session past a midnight deadline so lawmakers could vote on a bill to allow speeding ticket cameras in school zones. The bill was pushed by Ralston’s son, a lobbyist for an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, that sells the...
Republican secretary of state candidates debate Georgia’s voting system
 All four Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state said Monday they want to replace the state’s electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper record for verification. But none of them ruled out using computers to print ballots, a voting method opposed by several election integrity groups that say it&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

All four Republican candidates for Georgia secretary of state said Monday they want to replace the state’s electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper record for verification. But none of them ruled out using computers to print ballots, a voting method opposed by several election integrity groups that say it&rsquo...
Terror fears at Georgia Capitol drive effort to shut short street
 Citing concerns about terrorism, the state is again calling for the short street between the Capitol and Supreme Court building to be permanently closed to vehicles. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution to shut down part of Mitchell Street because a terrorist could use it to run down pedestrians, as in last year&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Citing concerns about terrorism, the state is again calling for the short street between the Capitol and Supreme Court building to be permanently closed to vehicles. The Georgia General Assembly recently passed a resolution to shut down part of Mitchell Street because a terrorist could use it to run down pedestrians, as in last year&rsquo...
Case against Georgia debt collector settled for $8.5M
 A debt collection company is giving up $8.5 million in consumer debt under a settlement with the state of Georgia. The Lawrenceville company, National Check Resolution Inc., illegally threatened consumers with imprisonment and garnishment of wages, according to the allegations in the settlement announced Wednesday.  Attorney General...

Posted: 16 days ago

A debt collection company is giving up $8.5 million in consumer debt under a settlement with the state of Georgia. The Lawrenceville company, National Check Resolution Inc., illegally threatened consumers with imprisonment and garnishment of wages, according to the allegations in the settlement announced Wednesday.  Attorney General...
Georgians to vote on victims’ rights and green space amendments
 Georgia voters will decide in November on initiatives to ensure victims are notified about their court cases and to set aside tax money for green space preservation. Those proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution will appear on the ballot after they passed the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session, which ended last...

Posted: 17 days ago

Georgia voters will decide in November on initiatives to ensure victims are notified about their court cases and to set aside tax money for green space preservation. Those proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution will appear on the ballot after they passed the General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session, which ended last...
Computer snooping ban passes Georgia Legislature
 A proposal to ban accessing a computer or network without permission is now in the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal. Supporters of Senate Bill 315 say it’s needed to prevent identity theft and other online crimes, while cybersecurity researchers said it would criminalize legitimate efforts to find and fix vulnerabilities...

Posted: 18 days ago

A proposal to ban accessing a computer or network without permission is now in the hands of Gov. Nathan Deal. Supporters of Senate Bill 315 say it’s needed to prevent identity theft and other online crimes, while cybersecurity researchers said it would criminalize legitimate efforts to find and fix vulnerabilities...
Georgia Legislature emerges from Delta fallout with productive session
 Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...

Posted: 21 days ago

Caught in the furor of election-year politics and a national gun debate, Georgia lawmakers seemed poised for a do-nothing legislative session. With every legislative seat up for election this fall, and several legislators running for higher office, lawmakers could have avoided tough debates over distracted driving, transit, ...