Issues: Elections

Reps. Price and Teasley seek recounts of Georgia House elections

Reps. Price and Teasley seek recounts of Georgia House elections

The two closest elections for the Georgia House of Representatives are heading for recounts. State Reps. Sam Teasley and Betty Price, both Republicans, lost re-election by narrow margins, according to initial results. Georgia law gives losing candidates a right to a recount if their margin of defeat is less than 1 percentage point.
In unsettled Georgia gov race, judge mandates more ballots be counted

In unsettled Georgia gov race, judge mandates more ballots be counted

The fate of the Georgia race for governor remained uncertain Wednesday as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp clashed bitterly over pending lawsuits that seek to count more ballots that were rejected by local officials.
Did your vote count? Hotline lets Georgia provisional voters find out

Did your vote count? Hotline lets Georgia provisional voters find out

Georgia voters who had to cast provisional ballots on Election Day can find out if their votes were counted by calling a new toll-free hotline. The hotline, required by a federal judge’s order, allows voters to call the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office with questions about their provisional ballots.
Georgia state senator, protesters arrested at Capitol while demanding ‘every vote count’

Georgia state senator, protesters arrested at Capitol while demanding ‘every vote count’

A first-term Atlanta senator was among more than a dozen demonstrators who were arrested during a protest in the state Capitol. State Sen. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, said she was standing with her constituents when officers led her out of the Capitol rotunda and placed plastic restraints on her wrists. “I was not yelling. I was not chanting,” she said.
Gwinnett counts provisional ballots

Gwinnett counts provisional ballots

UPDATE: At 10:30 p.m., more than eight hours after it originally convened, the Gwinnett County elections board voted to formally accept nearly 2,000 provisional ballots. Those included enough to pull Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux more than 300 votes closer to Republican incumbent Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.
Georgia secretary of state tells election officials to count absentee ballots

Georgia secretary of state tells election officials to count absentee ballots

Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden instructed county election officials Monday to count absentee ballots even if they lack a voter’s date of birth, as long as the voter’s identity can be verified. Crittenden issued the guidance for county election officials as they face a Tuesday deadline to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election.
Cobb certifies midterm election results, throws out 852 ballots

Cobb certifies midterm election results, throws out 852 ballots

The first county in metro Atlanta has certified the results of its midterm election. Cobb County’s elections board voted Monday to certify the more than 310,000 ballots cast — that’s 64 percent of the county’s registered voters. The board also decided on its outstanding ballots, many of them provisional. They approved 1,432 of them and rejected 829 others.
Democrats search for votes before Georgia election results finalized

Democrats search for votes before Georgia election results finalized

Stacey Abrams’ campaign is racing to track down all remaining provisional ballots and any other uncounted votes to force a runoff against Brian Kemp, but any chance she has is narrowing as more counties report their final ballots and certify their votes. In another tight election, Carolyn Bourdeaux is scrambling to close a gap of roughly 900 votes  between her and U.S. Rep.
Georgia election board votes on counting absentee ballots in governor’s race

Georgia election board votes on counting absentee ballots in governor’s race

Soon after two federal lawsuits demanded that election officials count more absentee ballots Sunday, the State Election Board voted unanimously to issue guidance about how local election officials should proceed. The board asked Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden to send a letter to all of Georgia’s 159 counties telling them how to process mailed-in ballots.
A blue ‘tsunami’ in Atlanta’s suburbs reshapes Georgia politics

A blue ‘tsunami’ in Atlanta’s suburbs reshapes Georgia politics

The Georgia election may still have an uncertain end for its marquee matchup, but the results cemented the state’s status as a battleground for the 2020 race for president. And the metro Atlanta suburbs are poised to be the main battlefield.
Did voting problems influence outcome in Georgia election?

Did voting problems influence outcome in Georgia election?

A poll worker in Atlanta hoarded the last of his precinct’s provisional ballots, doling them out to select voters while turning others away. Cobb County wouldn’t let a new resident cast a ballot even though both her driver’s license and her voter registration card displayed her new address.
What’s at issue as Georgia’s race for governor drags on

What’s at issue as Georgia’s race for governor drags on

Republican Brian Kemp has declared victory and is moving ahead with plans to transition into the governor’s office, but no winner has been officially declared. Democrat Stacey Abrams and her supporters say Georgia’s race for governor isn’t over until every vote is counted.
Gwinnett elections board meets in private as ballot battles continue

Gwinnett elections board meets in private as ballot battles continue

The Gwinnett County elections board held a special-called meeting Friday afternoon to discuss matters related to ongoing litigation over how it evaluates absentee ballots.  The majority of the meeting was held in a private executive session, which is allowed under Georgia law in certain circumstances.
Stacey Abrams easily won Fulton. But how did every neighborhood lean?

Stacey Abrams easily won Fulton. But how did every neighborhood lean?

Brian Kemp is the presumptive victor in the Georgia governor’s race, but had it been up to counties like Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett, that would not be the case. Fulton County overwhelmingly supported Democrat Stacey Abrams in the Nov. 6 election, with more than 72 percent of voters casting ballots in her favor.
Spelman president urges students to confirm their votes are counted

Spelman president urges students to confirm their votes are counted

The president of Spelman College is urging everyone to confirm their vote has been counted after many Atlanta University Center students encountered problems on Election Day.  Archer Hall at Morehouse College and Booker T. Washington High School were two of three Fulton County polling places that stayed open past 7 p.m. Tuesday night following a judge’s order.
Donald Trump tells Georgia to ‘move on’ after election

Donald Trump tells Georgia to ‘move on’ after election

President Donald Trump weighed in on the ongoing saga of Georgia’s gubernatorial election on Friday, saying the state should “move on” and sarcastically implied Russia should be blamed for ballots still being counted.
Who is Robyn Crittenden, Georgia’s new secretary of state?

Who is Robyn Crittenden, Georgia’s new secretary of state?

Georgia’s interim secretary of state is Robyn Crittenden, an attorney who for three years has led the state government’s largest agency, the Department of Human Services. Crittenden is the first African-American woman to serve as a statewide constitutional officer in Georgia history. Gov.
Being ‘Jordan’s mom’ defines Lucy McBath’s run for Congress

Being ‘Jordan’s mom’ defines Lucy McBath’s run for Congress

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel on Thursday conceded to Democrat Lucy McBath in the 6th District congressional race, a major upset that showcased Democrats’ strength in suburbs once dominated by the GOP.  More here: Ga. U.S. Rep.
Kemp resigns as secretary of state, Abrams readies legal action

Kemp resigns as secretary of state, Abrams readies legal action

Republican Brian Kemp on Thursday resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state as he sought to position himself as the “clear and convincing” winner of the race for governor.  But Democrat Stacey Abrams is not conceding anything yet, hopeful that a trove of provisional ballots and other votes not yet recorded could be enough to force the tight race into a runoff.
Two congressional district races still in limbo in Atlanta suburbs

Two congressional district races still in limbo in Atlanta suburbs

A pair of competitive congressional races remained too close to call Wednesday, even as Democrat Lucy McBath declared victory over first-term GOP Congresswoman Karen Handel in a suburban Atlanta district that last year played host to the country’s marquee political contest.
Why did some voting machines sit unused on busy Georgia Election Day?

Why did some voting machines sit unused on busy Georgia Election Day?

Metro Atlanta voters stood in long lines Tuesday, amid a surge in turnout that made the midterm election resemble a presidential contest. As they waited — some for hours — hundreds of voting machines sat unused, locked up in government warehouses, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
Trailing but close, Abrams pushes to keep campaign alive

Trailing but close, Abrams pushes to keep campaign alive

Early Wednesday, trailing but tantalizingly close in the race for governor, Stacey Abrams exhorted her supporters to brace for a do-over: a month-long campaign leading to a Dec. 4 runoff election. As the day after Election Day ground on, however, the Democrat’s path forward looked increasingly narrow.
Kemp declares victory in Georgia governor race

Kemp declares victory in Georgia governor race

Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign declared victory Wednesday after election returns showed he maintained a slim majority over Democrat Stacey Abrams with nearly all precincts reporting.
Midterm voter turnout surges in Georgia

Midterm voter turnout surges in Georgia

Georgians voted at near presidential election rates on Tuesday.  About 57 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the race to determine Georgia’s next governor, lieutenant governor and several legislative and congressional races. Voter turnout traditionally drops in years where a presidential candidate is not on the ballot. Of the 6.4 million registered voters, 3.
Karen Handel concedes 6th District race, congratulates Lucy McBath 

Karen Handel concedes 6th District race, congratulates Lucy McBath 

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel has conceded and congratulated Lucy McBath, who will take her seat in Georgia’s 6th District. “After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel said in a statement.
Two Georgia down-ballot races appear headed to runoffs

Two Georgia down-ballot races appear headed to runoffs

Georgians appear to be headed back to the polls next month to choose the next secretary of state and a member of the state’s Public Service Commission. Neither Republican Brad Raffensperger nor Democrat John Barrow received more than half of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial results on the Secretary of State Office’s website. Libertarian Smythe DuVal had secured about 2.
Democrats gain 13 seats in Legislature, mostly in north metro Atlanta

Democrats gain 13 seats in Legislature, mostly in north metro Atlanta

Making huge inroads into metro Atlanta’s northern suburbs, Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in Tuesday’s election. If the results hold — some of the races could have recounts — Tuesday will have marked the Democrats’ biggest legislative gains in about 20 years, according to election observers.
Incumbent losses mean no more Republicans in DeKalb delegation

Incumbent losses mean no more Republicans in DeKalb delegation

The last remaining Republicans in the DeKalb County Legislative Delegation lost their races on election night. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, was defeated by newcomer Matthew Wilson, and Sen. Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, lost his seat to Rep. Sally Harrell. Millar posted a farewell speech on Facebook this morning, congratulating his opponent and the Democratic Party.
Two suburban Atlanta congressional races too close to call

Two suburban Atlanta congressional races too close to call

A pair of congressional races in suburban Atlanta remained in limbo early Wednesday morning with razor-thin vote margins separating the candidates. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Democrat challenger Lucy McBath held a slim lead over incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel.
Kemp maintains slim lead over Abrams as final votes counted

Kemp maintains slim lead over Abrams as final votes counted

Republican Brian Kemp maintained a narrow lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams early Wednesday as the last election results trickled in for Georgia’s nationally-watched race for governor. Kemp expressed confidence that his slim edge over Abrams was insurmountable, and his allies urged him to declare victory.
Kemp ‘confident’ of victory, Abrams predicts runoff

Kemp ‘confident’ of victory, Abrams predicts runoff

Republican Brian Kemp clung to a slim lead over Stacey Abrams early Wednesday as final election returns trickled in, but the Democrat said she would not concede the race until more absentee ballots were counted. Predicting a Dec.
Georgia’s secretary of state race likely headed for runoff

Georgia’s secretary of state race likely headed for runoff

Georgia’s secretary of state race appeared to be poised for a runoff, with neither Republican Brad Raffensperger nor Democrat John Barrow receiving more than half of Tuesday’s vote.  With less than 2 percent of the vote outstanding, Raffensperger had a slight lead over Barrow, though both were just short of the necessary halfway mark.
Support strong for constitutional amendments in Georgia

Support strong for constitutional amendments in Georgia

Voters eagerly agreed Tuesday to amend the state constitution to give a $200 million boost to land conservation and to ensure crime victims’ rights with a Georgia Marsy’s Law. Five constitutional amendments and two referendum questions appeared on the general election ballot. In unofficial vote counts, all seven measures were approved by voters.
Republican state school Superintendent holds off Democratic challenger

Republican state school Superintendent holds off Democratic challenger

Republican state school Superintendent Richard Woods held a comfortable lead over Democrat Otha Thornton with only a handful of precincts yet to report early Wednesday.  Thornton led in metro Atlanta and a handful of other counties around the state, which otherwise went for the incumbent.
Democrats make Gwinnett commission history — two times over

Democrats make Gwinnett commission history — two times over

Gwinnett hasn’t had a Democratic commissioner in more than 30 years. It appears the county will now have two of them — and its first-ever minority representatives to boot. Democrats Ben Ku and Marlene Fosque declared victory Tuesday night over their Republican opponents in Districts 2 and 4, respectively.
Down-ballot results look promising for GOP candidates

Down-ballot results look promising for GOP candidates

Technical issues with voting machines delayed results for the state’s elections on Tuesday, with several precincts having to stay open later than the mandated closing time. Some precincts were expected to stay open at least two hours later than the scheduled closing time, and those who got in line before polls closed still would be allowed to vote.
Democrats make major inroads in suburban Atlanta legislative contests

Democrats make major inroads in suburban Atlanta legislative contests

Democrats appeared to have made major inroads into Atlanta’s northern suburbs in Tuesday’s General Assembly elections but Republicans held strong in small-town Georgia. There was always going to be big turnover in the General Assembly heading into the 2019 session because so many lawmakers retired or quit to run for higher office.
Metro Atlanta counties slow to report election results

Metro Atlanta counties slow to report election results

Several of metro Atlanta’s largest counties struggled to report election results Tuesday night, even as residents watched on television and their social media feeds as results came in from across the country. More than two hours after Georgia’s polls closed, Fulton and Cobb counties hadn’t reported results. Fulton first posted partial results at 9:22 p.m.
Outcome still unclear in Gwinnett congressional race

Outcome still unclear in Gwinnett congressional race

A hotly-contested congressional race in Atlanta’s northern suburbs was too close to call early Wednesday.  Only a few thousand votes separated Republican Congressman Rob Woodall and his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, and confusion abounded after two news outlets declared the race in favor of the latter but soon retracted the call.
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