Kristina Torres

Reporter

Kristina Torres joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2003, and currently covers state government, politics and the Legislature. She has nearly two decades of reporting experience, including in Colorado, South Carolina and Minnesota. A Colorado native, Torres graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. The Atlanta Press Club named her a 2010 finalist for print journalist of the year.

Latest from Kristina Torres

Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong
 A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her...
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system
 A handful of lawmakers began the discussion Friday about what it might take to move Georgia to a new election system, an important but incremental step toward replacing the state’s aging voting machines. The meeting of the state House Science and Technology Committee represents a start. Any decision will likely take a few years...

Posted: 21 hours ago

A handful of lawmakers began the discussion Friday about what it might take to move Georgia to a new election system, an important but incremental step toward replacing the state’s aging voting machines. The meeting of the state House Science and Technology Committee represents a start. Any decision will likely take a few years...
Georgia opens its first office for women veterans 
 Georgia’s first women veterans office has officially opened in Atlanta, a nod by officials to one of the state’s fastest growing segments of veterans. The state Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create the program, which seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to just under 100,000, or about...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s first women veterans office has officially opened in Atlanta, a nod by officials to one of the state’s fastest growing segments of veterans. The state Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create the program, which seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to just under 100,000, or about...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in probe of voter registration group
 Fifty-three allegedly forged voter applications are being referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, a decision by the State Elections Board that effectively closes the Secretary of State Office’s 2014 fraud investigation involving an attention-grabbing registration drive by the New Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

Fifty-three allegedly forged voter applications are being referred to the state Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, a decision by the State Elections Board that effectively closes the Secretary of State Office’s 2014 fraud investigation involving an attention-grabbing registration drive by the New Georgia...
Georgia AG gets 53 forms in fraud probe of Stacey Abrams' voter registration group
 The State Elections Board on Wednesday referred 53 allegedly forged voter applications to the Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, essentially closing a 2014 fraud investigation involving a massive registration drive by the upstart New Georgia Project.  The decision allows the office to decide whether to prosecute...

Posted: 3 days ago

The State Elections Board on Wednesday referred 53 allegedly forged voter applications to the Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution, essentially closing a 2014 fraud investigation involving a massive registration drive by the upstart New Georgia Project.  The decision allows the office to decide whether to prosecute...
Georgia wants to honor its Vietnam War veterans
 The hourlong honor ceremony had just ended when William White, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, burst into tears. His emotion caught him unexpectedly. It left his wife, Patricia, almost speechless — it was not something she had ever seen him do. But having his service appreciated was something he wasn’t used to...

Posted: 6 days ago

The hourlong honor ceremony had just ended when William White, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, burst into tears. His emotion caught him unexpectedly. It left his wife, Patricia, almost speechless — it was not something she had ever seen him do. But having his service appreciated was something he wasn’t used to...
Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton
 Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.  Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he will tour areas of South Georgia on Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue ...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.  Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said he will tour areas of South Georgia on Friday with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue ...
After Irma, Georgia candidate qualifying to begin Wednesday
 With Georgia drying out from Tropical Storm Irma, business is set to get back to normal Wednesday morning in Atlanta when candidate qualifying opens for several open seats in the state Legislature. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in advance of the storm had announced a two-day delay. Qualifying was originally supposed to start...

Posted: 11 days ago

With Georgia drying out from Tropical Storm Irma, business is set to get back to normal Wednesday morning in Atlanta when candidate qualifying opens for several open seats in the state Legislature. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in advance of the storm had announced a two-day delay. Qualifying was originally supposed to start...
Hurricane Irma: Georgia delays qualifying to fill seats in the state Legislature
 Casting a wary eye on Hurricane Irma’s expected path through Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Friday he would delay next week’s start to qualifying for several open state House and Senate seats. He also urged Georgians to confirm their registration status ahead of municipal elections in November. Originally scheduled...

Posted: 14 days ago

Casting a wary eye on Hurricane Irma’s expected path through Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Friday he would delay next week’s start to qualifying for several open state House and Senate seats. He also urged Georgians to confirm their registration status ahead of municipal elections in November. Originally scheduled...
Hurricane Irma: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal extends state of emergency to 64 more counties
 With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency to more than half of the state’s counties Friday afternoon. In all, 94 counties are now under a state of emergency, including South Georgia and middle sections of the state, due to “the storm’s forecasted track shifting west...

Posted: 15 days ago

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency to more than half of the state’s counties Friday afternoon. In all, 94 counties are now under a state of emergency, including South Georgia and middle sections of the state, due to “the storm’s forecasted track shifting west...