Issues: Elections

Georgia’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race

Georgia’s bid for Amazon becomes a prime issue in governor’s race

Georgia’s aggressive maneuvering for Amazon’s second headquarters — and the $1 billion or more in incentives it will likely require — has fast become a dividing line in the race for governor. Republican candidates are under pressure from grass-roots activists to reject juicy pot-sweeteners to land the $5 billion project — and one conservative is making his opposition...
Lawmakers propose switching Georgia from digital to paper ballots

Lawmakers propose switching Georgia from digital to paper ballots

Elections in Georgia could return to paper ballots. A bill recently introduced in the Georgia General Assembly calls for the state to scrap its 16-year-old touch-screen voting system and replace it with a paper-based system. Paper ballots, used by about 70 percent of the nation, are more secure than electronic machines because they can’t be hacked, said state Rep. Scot Turner, the...
4 candidates join race for south Georgia House seat

4 candidates join race for south Georgia House seat

Three Republicans and a Democrat are running in a Feb. 13 special election for a state House seat representing a district on the Georgia-Florida border. The candidates are competing to replace former Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, who resigned from House District 175 in November to take a position with the Technical College System of Georgia. Candidate qualifying for the race...
How election-year politics could shape Georgia’s legislative session

How election-year politics could shape Georgia’s legislative session

Every Georgia legislative session is influenced by political machinations and maneuvering. But not every session features a bumper crop of open statewide races and a slew of newly competitive legislative seats up for grabs in an uncertain, combustible political environment. Which is to say: Get ready. The session that starts Jan. 8 could be a bumpy one. For a glimpse at the potential political pitfalls...
Voter registration backlog complicates Georgia’s 6th District runoff

Voter registration backlog complicates Georgia’s 6th District runoff

Local counties under order to reopen voter registration in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District face a backlog of tens of thousands of applications and have already begun working overtime to process them all in time for the June 20 runoff election. Still, despite concerns that a federal judge’s order would back them into a corner, no problems have been reported so far as the...
Voters seek review of Georgia voting system before 6th District runoff

Voters seek review of Georgia voting system before 6th District runoff

Eleven voters have asked Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to review the state’s voting system ahead of next month’s hotly contested 6th Congressional District runoff. The request is allowed under state law. It comes after one of the three counties in the district — Fulton — experienced a technical snafu on April 18 that delayed reported election results in the race. It...
An all-out push underway to register voters in Georgia’s 6th District

An all-out push underway to register voters in Georgia’s 6th District

Groups seeking to sign up more voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District have been out in force over the past week in front of grocery stores and going door to door, trying to take advantage of a judge’s order reopening voter registration in metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The push is only going to continue, although it comes as unregistered voters in these parts may...
Democrat, Republican face off Tuesday in runoff for Senate District 32

Democrat, Republican face off Tuesday in runoff for Senate District 32

Although Georgia’s attention has been focused on the northern suburbs’ 6th Congressional District, the area’s other runoff election will be held Tuesday to represent parts of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate. Democrat Christine Triebsch and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick are facing off a race that has appeared surprisingly competitive, after Triebsch topped an eight-candidate...
Kirkpatrick wins runoff for Georgia’s Senate District 32

Kirkpatrick wins runoff for Georgia’s Senate District 32

Georgia’s attention has been focused on the 6th Congressional District, but a state legislative race is buoying Republican hopes a month before that nationally watched June 20 runoff. With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Republican Kay Kirkpatrick won the duel with Democrat Christine Triebsch in a runoff election to represent parts of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate...
Watchdog: 6th District runoff latest skirmish in voting rights war

Watchdog: 6th District runoff latest skirmish in voting rights war

These past two weeks have been great for shareholders in the clipboard industry as an army of volunteers canvassed Georgia’s 6th Congressional District registering voters ahead of the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The last-minute push for new voters came as a result of a federal lawsuit brought against the state by a coalition of civil rights groups...
Watchdog: 6th District race puts voting rights groups on the street

Watchdog: 6th District race puts voting rights groups on the street

Record numbers of voters cast their ballots in Georgia last November and volunteers are scurrying around the 6th Congressional District registering scores of new voters ahead of the June 20th runoff. Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project, says increased access to the ballot has a lot to do with activist groups pushing against a state more inclined to put limits on registration...
Will the ‘Ossoff effect’ propel Democrats beyond the 6th District?

Will the ‘Ossoff effect’ propel Democrats beyond the 6th District?

Katie Landsman watched her 11-year-old son embrace Jon Ossoff at his cramped Marietta campaign office. The boy was bawling. He had just learned about the horrors of the Holocaust, she explained, and wanted to meet a young politician who gave him hope. Then she offered a confession. She lives in Acworth, miles outside the 6th Congressional District. She can’t vote for Ossoff on June 20 in the...
Georgia’s 6th District has added 5,500 voters, with more coming

Georgia’s 6th District has added 5,500 voters, with more coming

More than 5,500 voters have so far been added to the rolls in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District after a federal judge ordered local counties to reopen registration through this past Sunday. The total includes two types of voter: the newly registered, plus so-called “transfer” applications — already registered Georgia voters who moved into the district after March 20, when...
Georgia’s 6th District now has a bunch of new voters

Georgia’s 6th District now has a bunch of new voters

Georgia’s 6th Congressional District already boasts more than a half-million voters. But the latest group to join the voting rolls may prove to be the most important in the hotly contested June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. More may be coming, as local election officials continue to process additional voter registration applications submitted...
Super PAC offering free rides to Georgia’s 6th District voters

Super PAC offering free rides to Georgia’s 6th District voters

Voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District who need a ride to the polls can get one for free thanks to a super PAC raising thousands of dollars to make sure locals get a chance to vote. The push from My Ride to Vote to get 6th District voters to the polls for free is coming after a similar national effort last year for the presidential election. This time, however, it’s all about Georgia...
In Montana, same frustration, intrigue ahead of election as Ga.’s 6th

In Montana, same frustration, intrigue ahead of election as Ga.’s 6th

If there’s anyone who can empathize with the voters of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, who have been blitzed by a flurry of political canvassers, robo-calls and attack ads for the better part of three months, it’s the people of Montana. Their statewide congressional race has become the subject of the same national intrigue that’s shaped the special election in the north...
Lawsuit seeks paper ballots in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

Lawsuit seeks paper ballots in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

Georgia’s voting infrastructure is too old, unreliable and vulnerable to be used without a forensic review of its operating systems, according to a lawsuit seeking to require voters’ use of paper ballots for next month’s 6th Congressional District runoff election. The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, names Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp — the state&rsquo...
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District starts Tuesday

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District starts Tuesday

Early in-person voting starts Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, kicking off the official countdown to the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The nationally watched race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price covers a district that includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Only voters in the 6th District can cast a ballot...
Almost 8,000 new voters have now been added to Georgia’s 6th District

Almost 8,000 new voters have now been added to Georgia’s 6th District

Nearly 8,000 voters have now been added to voting rolls in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District ahead of the hotly contested June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The total includes two types of voter: the newly registered, plus so-called “transfer” applications — already registered Georgia voters who moved into the district after...
Ahead of runoff, Georgia’s 6th District now has almost 8,000 new voters

Ahead of runoff, Georgia’s 6th District now has almost 8,000 new voters

Nearly 8,000 voters have now been added to voting rolls in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District ahead of the hotly contested June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The total includes two types of voter: the newly registered, plus so-called “transfer” applications — voters already registered in Georgia who moved into the district after...
Jason Carter rules out bid for Georgia governor in 2018

Jason Carter rules out bid for Georgia governor in 2018

Democrat Jason Carter said Wednesday that he won’t run for Georgia governor again in 2018, virtually ensuring the party’s primary will be a contest between two high-profile female lawmakers aiming to flip the state next year. Carter, a former state senator who was the party’s nominee in 2014, said he was focused on “prime dad time” for his two sons, who are 8 and 10....
Williams enters Georgia governor race as pro-Trump loyalist

Williams enters Georgia governor race as pro-Trump loyalist

Republican state Sen. Michael Williams entered the race for governor Thursday, pinning his campaign on his outspoken support for Donald Trump as he hopes the same anti-establishment wave that elected the president propels him to Georgia’s highest office. Williams has signaled for months that he would join the crowded field to replace a term-limited Nathan Deal. And he has already attacked...
Democratic legislative leader to launch bid for Georgia governorship

Democratic legislative leader to launch bid for Georgia governorship

Democrat Stacey Abrams entered the campaign for Georgia governor on Saturday with a pledge to expand pre-kindergarten programs and make technical college education free, promising she’d bring a “bold and ambitious approach” to state government that will invigorate the economy. Abrams, who heads her party’s caucus in the Georgia House, said that as governor she’ll embrace...
Early voting heavy ahead of Georgia’s 6th District runoff

Early voting heavy ahead of Georgia’s 6th District runoff

Nearly half as many voters have cast ballots over the past two days ahead of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District runoff than voted during the entire three-week early voting period ahead the original April 18 special election. Early voting for the June 20 contest between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff began Tuesday and runs through June 16. Already, 24,476 votes in the...
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District tops 46,000 over weekend

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District tops 46,000 over weekend

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District topped 46,000 over the weekend, with two weeks of early voting still to go ahead of the hotly contested June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The total includes early votes cast Saturday in Fulton County, which kept polls open to accommodate voters’ weekend schedules. Select polling locations will...
Kay Kirkpatrick, Georgia’s newest state senator, takes her seat

Kay Kirkpatrick, Georgia’s newest state senator, takes her seat

Georgia state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, R-Marietta, has officially been sworn into office after a spirited battle that lasted through a runoff election last month. Kirkpatrick’s win in a May 16 runoff election against Democrat Christine Triebsch buoyed Republican hopes ahead of this month’s nationally watched contest between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. That&rsquo...
What does an early voting surge mean for Georgia’s 6th District?

What does an early voting surge mean for Georgia’s 6th District?

Voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District aren’t waiting for the June 20 runoff to decide whether they want Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff to represent them. They’re hitting early voting sites, hard. Almost 63,000 people had already voted in the contest by Wednesday morning, easily surpassing the first round of early voting in April when about 55,000...
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District nears 70,000

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District nears 70,000

Almost 70,000 people have already voted in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, raising the possibility that early voting totals in the hotly contested June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff could top 100,000 before it ends next week. The official total as of Thursday morning was 69,559, according to data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office...
Polls will be open this Saturday in Georgia’s 6th District

Polls will be open this Saturday in Georgia’s 6th District

Polls will be open Saturday for early voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, as the number of early voters continues to soar ahead of Election Day. More than 75,000 votes have been cast as of Friday morning in the nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, according to data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. That includes...
Exhausted 6th District voters prepare for vote

Exhausted 6th District voters prepare for vote

Richard Krider gets so many calls from the campaigns of Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel he has stopped counting. Matt Walczak could start a recycling business with the number of flyers he’s received. And Mike Zauzig just tells the parade of people who’ve plodded to his Roswell home to turn around. He’s already made up his mind. The unavoidable crush of attention on the 6th Congressional...
Judge dismisses paper-ballot lawsuit in Georgia’s 6th District

Judge dismisses paper-ballot lawsuit in Georgia’s 6th District

Voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District will continue to cast ballots on electronic machines after a Fulton County judge dismissed a lawsuit trying to force the use of paper ballots. Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams’ ruling late Friday night came after an eight-hour hearing earlier this week over the suit’s insistence that Georgia’s reliance on voting machines...
Scores of early voters turn out Saturday in Georgia’s 6th District

Scores of early voters turn out Saturday in Georgia’s 6th District

Voters waited as long as an hour Saturday to cast ballots in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, continuing the early-voting surge that has kept local election officials busy ahead of the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. All three counties with areas in the suburban district — Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton — kept polling locations open as thousands...
Georgia’s voting machines face criticism, but state says they’re secure

Georgia’s voting machines face criticism, but state says they’re secure

Millions of voters have cast their ballots in Georgia using machines that offer a now-common experience: Press the touch screen, record your choice on anything from a local mayoral race to a presidential election. It is a simple action that belies the complex system that supports it. And it is a system that is under increasing attack. Georgia’s aging election system has flaws that could be exploited...
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District has surged past 102,000

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District has surged past 102,000

More than 102,000 people have already voted in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, nearly double the early vote total from April when a special election decided this month’s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The early vote pace has surprised both pundits and local election officials, some of who are predicting a higher early...
Offer of free rides to polls now includes a 6th District hotline

Offer of free rides to polls now includes a 6th District hotline

A super PAC that has raised more than $60,000 to give voters free rides to the polls has now added a telephone hotline to what had been a strictly digital effort in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. My Ride to Vote’s nonpartisan offer comes after a similar effort last year for the presidential election, which saw voters take advantage of the free rides in states including...
Voters in 6th District losing manners as election becomes aggressive

Voters in 6th District losing manners as election becomes aggressive

After months of phone calls, campaign ads and insistent knocks on their doors, some voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District have finally lost their Southern manners. Local poll workers in two of the district’s three suburban counties say they have seen noticeably aggressive behavior among people coming to cast ballots in the runoff election between Republican Karen Handel...
Ballfield shooting sends shockwaves through 6th District race

Ballfield shooting sends shockwaves through 6th District race

The Wednesday ambush of a group of Republican members of Congress practicing for an annual baseball game rippled through Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race as reports spread that the gunman posted disparaging remarks about Karen Handel on social media. Both Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff scrambled to address the shooting, which injured five and left the gunman mortally wounded, first...
State considers dropping election data center

State considers dropping election data center

The Kennesaw State University center that has helped run Georgia’s elections for the past 15 years may lose its contract in a matter of weeks because of concerns over security lapses that left 6.5 million voter records exposed. The secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that it is “actively investigating alternative arrangements” to using Kennesaw State University&rsquo...
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District has surged past 119,500

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District has surged past 119,500

More than 119,500 people have already voted in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, easily doubling the early vote total from April when a special election decided this month’s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The early vote pace has surprised both pundits and local election officials, some of who are predicting a higher...
Georgia considers dropping its longtime elections data center

Georgia considers dropping its longtime elections data center

The Kennesaw State University center that has helped run Georgia’s elections for the past 15 years may lose its contract in a matter of weeks because of concerns over security lapses that left 6.5 million voter records exposed. The secretary of state’s office says it is “actively investigating alternative arrangements” to using Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election...
Today’s the last day to early vote in Georgia’s 6th District. Here’s how:

Today’s the last day to early vote in Georgia’s 6th District. Here’s how:

Nearly 128,000 have already cast ballots in Georgia’s upcoming 6th Congressional District runoff, as early voting ends today ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day. The turnout ahead of the nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff has surprised both pundits and local election officials, who say the numbers are almost unprecedented for a special election...
Democratic mailer directed 6th District voters to wrong voting place

Democratic mailer directed 6th District voters to wrong voting place

A recent mailer sent by the Democratic Party of Georgia to about 2,500 voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District mistakenly directed them to the wrong polling location, an error the party says it is trying to fix ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election. A party spokesman said Friday the vendor who created the mailer got precincts wrong in its printing, directing voters in Cobb County...
First-timers get involved in 6th District get-out-the-vote effort

First-timers get involved in 6th District get-out-the-vote effort

The sight wasn’t exactly a typical one for this leafy corner of Sandy Plains. Almost a dozen barrel-chested, leather-clad bikers — led by a quartet of clean-cut high school students, no less — were marching from house to house asking whether these 6th Congressional District voters planned to support Republican Karen Handel in Tuesday’s special election. “We’re here...
‘Unprecedented’ early vote in Ga.’s 6th District, but what does it mean?

‘Unprecedented’ early vote in Ga.’s 6th District, but what does it mean?

The eye-popping early-voting turnout in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has left local elections officials gasping, although the surge’s effect on Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff remains uncertain. More than 140,300 people had cast ballots by the end of the race’s early-voting period Friday, a total that includes both...
The factors that could determine Georgia’s special election

The factors that could determine Georgia’s special election

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide the nationally watched election to represent Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Congress, a bitterly-contested vote between Republican Karen Handel or Democrat Jon Ossoff. The race is much more than a vote to fill out the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s term after President Donald Trump’s tapped him to be health secretary. Both parties...
How to vote in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

How to vote in Georgia’s 6th District runoff

More than 140,300 people voted early ahead of Tuesday’s runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, laying a foundation for what many predict will be a bigger turnout now than the race’s original April 18 special election. With Election Day now here, here’s a primer about voting in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District: First, you must live in the district!...
By the numbers: Effect of 6th District early voting on Election Day

By the numbers: Effect of 6th District early voting on Election Day

The historic turnout of early voters ahead of Tuesday’s runoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District has turned a number of assumptions on their head. Now, looking at new data, we also know who these more than 140,300 voters are — and how they differ from those who voted early in the original April 18 special election that set up this contest between Republican Karen...
Georgia hopefuls make their cases a final time before special election

Georgia hopefuls make their cases a final time before special election

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff made their final pitches to voters Monday ahead of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District contest, as President Donald Trump waded further into the closely watched race. Both candidates resisted questions about the broader implications of the special election to replace Tom Price as they crisscrossed the three-county district Monday. But the race&rsquo...
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