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Kristina Torres

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.

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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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
Georgia’s ready for its close-up after earning a No. 1 film ranking
 Georgia has spent hundreds of millions of dollars rolling out its red carpet for movie-makers. And a new report says it’s paid off, with the state being named the No. 1 filming location worldwide. More top 100 feature films released at the domestic box office in 2016 were made in Georgia than any other place, according to a new...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia has spent hundreds of millions of dollars rolling out its red carpet for movie-makers. And a new report says it’s paid off, with the state being named the No. 1 filming location worldwide. More top 100 feature films released at the domestic box office in 2016 were made in Georgia than any other place, according to a new...
Georgia 6th District voters can catch a free ride to the polls
 A super PAC is raising thousands of dollars to make sure voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District can vote in the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. My Ride to Vote’s effort will pay for free rides to and from the polls. Any 6th District voter can take advantage of the nonpartisan...

Posted: 3 days ago

A super PAC is raising thousands of dollars to make sure voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District can vote in the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. My Ride to Vote’s effort will pay for free rides to and from the polls. Any 6th District voter can take advantage of the nonpartisan...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
Police honored for swift work recovering stolen voting equipment
 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp honored law enforcement officers Tuesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol for their work recovering voting equipment stolen last month. The theft happened days before the April 18 special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, when four electronic poll books were stolen from a Cobb...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp honored law enforcement officers Tuesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol for their work recovering voting equipment stolen last month. The theft happened days before the April 18 special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, when four electronic poll books were stolen from a Cobb...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
Voter registration ends this weekend in Georgia’s 6th District
 Voter registration in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District ends Sunday, following a judge’s order earlier this month extending the registration deadline in metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The deadline comes as voter registration groups have tried to make the most of the extension, going door-to-door in some neighborhoods...

Posted: 8 days ago

Voter registration in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District ends Sunday, following a judge’s order earlier this month extending the registration deadline in metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The deadline comes as voter registration groups have tried to make the most of the extension, going door-to-door in some neighborhoods...
This week’s state Senate runoff may have just broken a Georgia record
 The 32,673 people who voted in this week’s state Senate runoff may have just broken a turnout record for special legislative runoffs in Georgia. No other similar legislative runoff has had more voters, according to state records going back to 1996. The closest came in 2011, during a runoff between former Macon City Council President...

Posted: 9 days ago

The 32,673 people who voted in this week’s state Senate runoff may have just broken a turnout record for special legislative runoffs in Georgia. No other similar legislative runoff has had more voters, according to state records going back to 1996. The closest came in 2011, during a runoff between former Macon City Council President...
Election results: Kay Kirkpatrick wins Georgia state Senate runoff
 Republican Kay Kirkpatrick cruised to a win Tuesday night against Democrat Christine Triebsch, according to unofficial results in a runoff to represent parts of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate. The outcome was cheered by Republicans, who hope Kirkpatrick’s success foreshadows a win for GOP congressional candidate...

Posted: 10 days ago

Republican Kay Kirkpatrick cruised to a win Tuesday night against Democrat Christine Triebsch, according to unofficial results in a runoff to represent parts of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate. The outcome was cheered by Republicans, who hope Kirkpatrick’s success foreshadows a win for GOP congressional candidate...
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 ...

Posted: 11 days ago

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 ...