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

So far, so good for debut of new paper-ballot machines in Georgia
 More than a dozen voters have used new paper-ballot voting machines in Conyers with no reported problems, the first step of a new pilot program to test the machines in Georgia. “It’s fair to say we’re excited to get the ball rolling and partner with a good elections office and give voters a preview of what the future...

7:10 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

More than a dozen voters have used new paper-ballot voting machines in Conyers with no reported problems, the first step of a new pilot program to test the machines in Georgia. “It’s fair to say we’re excited to get the ball rolling and partner with a good elections office and give voters a preview of what the future...
First test starts Monday for new paper-ballot machines in Georgia
 A crucial test for the future of Georgia elections begins Monday when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. Voters in Conyers will begin casting paper ballots along with new voting and tabulating machines as they decide on a new mayor and two City Council seats. The pilot program comes as...

4:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

A crucial test for the future of Georgia elections begins Monday when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. Voters in Conyers will begin casting paper ballots along with new voting and tabulating machines as they decide on a new mayor and two City Council seats. The pilot program comes as...
Georgia customers may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup”
 Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. Approval for just such a proposal may come by year’s end, just in time for the holidays. State officials said they are likely to make their decision after a Nov. 17 public hearing. To find out how...

3:04 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. Approval for just such a proposal may come by year’s end, just in time for the holidays. State officials said they are likely to make their decision after a Nov. 17 public hearing. To find out how...
Early voting for local elections starts Monday in Georgia
 Early voting starts Monday for local municipal elections being held across Georgia, culminating Nov. 7 with Election Day.  Be sure to check with your local elections office to confirm where to go cast an early ballot, since early voting locations are not the same as regular neighborhood polling places.  The municipalities are...

2:47 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Early voting starts Monday for local municipal elections being held across Georgia, culminating Nov. 7 with Election Day.  Be sure to check with your local elections office to confirm where to go cast an early ballot, since early voting locations are not the same as regular neighborhood polling places.  The municipalities are...
Customers may soon get curbside pickup for beer, wine sales in Georgia
 Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. The state Department of Revenue put the proposed regulation out for public comment earlier this week, and the agency will hold a Nov. 17 hearing on it before making a final decision. “We recognize that...

12:05 AM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. The state Department of Revenue put the proposed regulation out for public comment earlier this week, and the agency will hold a Nov. 17 hearing on it before making a final decision. “We recognize that...
Want to vote in the next election? Today’s the last day to register in Georgia.
 Today is the last day to register to vote in Georgia ahead of crucial local elections looming Nov. 7. Here’s how:  You can register, confirm or change your registration status online through the Secretary of State Office’s online “my voter page” website: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.  Text “GA&rdquo...

5:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Today is the last day to register to vote in Georgia ahead of crucial local elections looming Nov. 7. Here’s how:  You can register, confirm or change your registration status online through the Secretary of State Office’s online “my voter page” website: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.  Text “GA&rdquo...
Georgia lawmakers: Don’t politicize Vegas, but new gun laws possible
 Georgia is a haven for gun owners, hunters and collectors, and state officials have long issued protections for those individuals: Almost every year, a bill is pushed in the Legislature to make it easier to buy or carry weapons. State lawmakers don’t expect that to change, even as they have decried efforts to politicize the Law Vegas...

12:11 AM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Georgia is a haven for gun owners, hunters and collectors, and state officials have long issued protections for those individuals: Almost every year, a bill is pushed in the Legislature to make it easier to buy or carry weapons. State lawmakers don’t expect that to change, even as they have decried efforts to politicize the Law Vegas...
5 million Georgians may have had data impacted in Equifax breach
 Surprisingly few calls have rung through to the Georgia attorney general’s consumer protection unit since Equifax acknowledged a massive data breach: 65 as of late last week, despite 5 million Georgians potentially having their private data affected. It’s not clear whether that’s a sign of not knowing the state has...

4:33 PM Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017

Surprisingly few calls have rung through to the Georgia attorney general’s consumer protection unit since Equifax acknowledged a massive data breach: 65 as of late last week, despite 5 million Georgians potentially having their private data affected. It’s not clear whether that’s a sign of not knowing the state has...
Lawsuit claims Georgia House districts drawn to remove minority voters
 Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 residents who live in and around those districts in metro...

9:11 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 residents who live in and around those districts in metro...
Lawsuit claims GA House districts drawn to remove minority voters
 Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming that Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by two vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 voters who live in and around those districts...

1:38 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming that Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by two vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 voters who live in and around those districts...
Judge mulls whether to release accused NSA leaker Reality Winner
 A federal judge is expected to rule next week whether to allow Reality Leigh Winner out of jail pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation. In a five-and-a-half-hour hearing Friday in Augusta, parts of which were closed to discuss classified material, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said he needed more time to do...

9:38 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

A federal judge is expected to rule next week whether to allow Reality Leigh Winner out of jail pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation. In a five-and-a-half-hour hearing Friday in Augusta, parts of which were closed to discuss classified material, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said he needed more time to do...