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

Georgia lawmakers seek rural internet growth and health care changes
 To revitalize rural Georgia, lawmakers are proposing public funding for high-speed internet service, changes in hospital regulations and permission for farms to sell wine directly to customers. A new tax on streaming video, digital books and downloaded music would raise money for rural internet subsidies, according to recommendations...

Posted: 4 days ago

To revitalize rural Georgia, lawmakers are proposing public funding for high-speed internet service, changes in hospital regulations and permission for farms to sell wine directly to customers. A new tax on streaming video, digital books and downloaded music would raise money for rural internet subsidies, according to recommendations...
Incoming Georgia secretary of state will continue Kemp’s legacy
 As Georgia’s next top elections official, Republican Brad Raffensperger promises to defend broad voter-registration cancellations and strict voting requirements that have fueled accusations of widespread disenfranchisement. Raffensperger, the winner of Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia secretary of state, will continue the work of...

Posted: 5 days ago

As Georgia’s next top elections official, Republican Brad Raffensperger promises to defend broad voter-registration cancellations and strict voting requirements that have fueled accusations of widespread disenfranchisement. Raffensperger, the winner of Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia secretary of state, will continue the work of...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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 ...

Posted: 6 days ago

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 ...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...





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

Georgia lawmakers seek rural internet growth and health care changes
 To revitalize rural Georgia, lawmakers are proposing public funding for high-speed internet service, changes in hospital regulations and permission for farms to sell wine directly to customers. A new tax on streaming video, digital books and downloaded music would raise money for rural internet subsidies, according to recommendations...

Posted: 4 days ago

To revitalize rural Georgia, lawmakers are proposing public funding for high-speed internet service, changes in hospital regulations and permission for farms to sell wine directly to customers. A new tax on streaming video, digital books and downloaded music would raise money for rural internet subsidies, according to recommendations...
Incoming Georgia secretary of state will continue Kemp’s legacy
 As Georgia’s next top elections official, Republican Brad Raffensperger promises to defend broad voter-registration cancellations and strict voting requirements that have fueled accusations of widespread disenfranchisement. Raffensperger, the winner of Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia secretary of state, will continue the work of...

Posted: 5 days ago

As Georgia’s next top elections official, Republican Brad Raffensperger promises to defend broad voter-registration cancellations and strict voting requirements that have fueled accusations of widespread disenfranchisement. Raffensperger, the winner of Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia secretary of state, will continue the work of...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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 ...

Posted: 6 days ago

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 ...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...





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

Georgia lawmakers seek rural internet growth and health care changes
 To revitalize rural Georgia, lawmakers are proposing public funding for high-speed internet service, changes in hospital regulations and permission for farms to sell wine directly to customers. A new tax on streaming video, digital books and downloaded music would raise money for rural internet subsidies, according to recommendations...

Posted: 4 days ago

To revitalize rural Georgia, lawmakers are proposing public funding for high-speed internet service, changes in hospital regulations and permission for farms to sell wine directly to customers. A new tax on streaming video, digital books and downloaded music would raise money for rural internet subsidies, according to recommendations...
Incoming Georgia secretary of state will continue Kemp’s legacy
 As Georgia’s next top elections official, Republican Brad Raffensperger promises to defend broad voter-registration cancellations and strict voting requirements that have fueled accusations of widespread disenfranchisement. Raffensperger, the winner of Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia secretary of state, will continue the work of...

Posted: 5 days ago

As Georgia’s next top elections official, Republican Brad Raffensperger promises to defend broad voter-registration cancellations and strict voting requirements that have fueled accusations of widespread disenfranchisement. Raffensperger, the winner of Tuesday’s runoff for Georgia secretary of state, will continue the work of...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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 ...

Posted: 6 days ago

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 ...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 12 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...