Mark Niesse

Georgia government reporter

Mark Niesse covers Georgia government. He previously covered DeKalb government and Atlanta schools. Before coming to the AJC, he worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

Black senior citizens ordered off Georgia bus taking them to vote
 Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression. The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director...

Posted: a day ago

Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression. The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director...
Turnout soars on the first day of early voting in Georgia
 Voters across Georgia rushed to the polls on the first day of in-person early voting Monday, with 69,049 people casting their ballots. That’s a sharp increase from the last midterm election in 2014, when 20,898 people showed up on the first day of in-person early voting, according to numbers from the Georgia Secretary...

Posted: a day ago

Voters across Georgia rushed to the polls on the first day of in-person early voting Monday, with 69,049 people casting their ballots. That’s a sharp increase from the last midterm election in 2014, when 20,898 people showed up on the first day of in-person early voting, according to numbers from the Georgia Secretary...
High rate of absentee ballots thrown out in Gwinnett
 Nearly one in 10 vote-by-mail ballots have been rejected by Gwinnett County election officials, alarming voting rights groups. Gwinnett is throwing out far more absentee ballots than any other county in Georgia, according to records from the Secretary of State’s Office. Ballots were discarded because of allegedly mismatched signatures...

Posted: 2 days ago

Nearly one in 10 vote-by-mail ballots have been rejected by Gwinnett County election officials, alarming voting rights groups. Gwinnett is throwing out far more absentee ballots than any other county in Georgia, according to records from the Secretary of State’s Office. Ballots were discarded because of allegedly mismatched signatures...
Voter registration extended in 4 Georgia counties after Hurricane Michael 
 Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has re-opened voter registration in four South Georgia counties where Hurricane Michael forced their election offices to close last week. Deal issued an executive order Monday extending the Oct. 9 voter registration deadline in Clay, Grady, Randolph and Turner counties. Those counties will accept voter registration...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has re-opened voter registration in four South Georgia counties where Hurricane Michael forced their election offices to close last week. Deal issued an executive order Monday extending the Oct. 9 voter registration deadline in Clay, Grady, Randolph and Turner counties. Those counties will accept voter registration...
Early voting underway at locations across Georgia
 Early voting locations opened across Georgia starting Monday, Oct. 15. Any registered voter can cast ballots for the Nov. 6 election during the three-week early voting period. In-person early voting starts Monday and lasts through Nov. 2, including at least one Saturday (Oct. 27). Early voting is becoming more popular than voting...

Posted: 2 days ago

Early voting locations opened across Georgia starting Monday, Oct. 15. Any registered voter can cast ballots for the Nov. 6 election during the three-week early voting period. In-person early voting starts Monday and lasts through Nov. 2, including at least one Saturday (Oct. 27). Early voting is becoming more popular than voting...
What you need to know about Georgia’s 53,000 pending voters
 As Georgia’s election approaches, more than 53,000 people who tried to sign up to vote haven’t been added to the state’s list of active voters. These potential voters are in limbo because election officials couldn’t verify information submitted with registration applications. But they will still be allowed to cast...

Posted: 5 days ago

As Georgia’s election approaches, more than 53,000 people who tried to sign up to vote haven’t been added to the state’s list of active voters. These potential voters are in limbo because election officials couldn’t verify information submitted with registration applications. But they will still be allowed to cast...
Having problems voting in Georgia? Let us know
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is partnering with the national Electionland project to monitor any problems with this year’s election, from long lines to voter registration issues. Georgia voters may report obstacles to voting either online or through cellphone apps as part of Electionland, a collaboration of ...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is partnering with the national Electionland project to monitor any problems with this year’s election, from long lines to voter registration issues. Georgia voters may report obstacles to voting either online or through cellphone apps as part of Electionland, a collaboration of ...
Lawsuit challenges 53,000 stalled Georgia voter registrations
 A federal lawsuit filed Thursday challenges a Georgia law that has stalled the voter registrations of more than 53,000 potential voters until they verify their basic information. The lawsuit, brought by several civil rights groups, asks a judge to overturn Georgia’s “exact match” law, which requires voter registration...

Posted: 6 days ago

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday challenges a Georgia law that has stalled the voter registrations of more than 53,000 potential voters until they verify their basic information. The lawsuit, brought by several civil rights groups, asks a judge to overturn Georgia’s “exact match” law, which requires voter registration...
Georgia sued over law that put voter registrations on hold
 Several civil rights organizations are suing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to stop the state from enforcing a law that has put more than 53,000 voter registrations on hold. The lawsuit, filed in federal court Thursday, asks a judge to overturn Georgia’s “exact match” law, which requires voter registration...

Posted: 6 days ago

Several civil rights organizations are suing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to stop the state from enforcing a law that has put more than 53,000 voter registrations on hold. The lawsuit, filed in federal court Thursday, asks a judge to overturn Georgia’s “exact match” law, which requires voter registration...
How to find out if your Georgia voter registration is on hold
 Georgia residents worried that they might not be registered to vote can check online to find out. More than 53,000 voter registrations are on hold because of a state law requiring verification if the information on their registration applications doesn’t exactly match driver’s license or Social Security records. And...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia residents worried that they might not be registered to vote can check online to find out. More than 53,000 voter registrations are on hold because of a state law requiring verification if the information on their registration applications doesn’t exactly match driver’s license or Social Security records. And...
Record numbers register to vote in Georgia before election
 A record number of Georgians, more than 6.9 million, are registered to vote ahead of next month’s election for governor, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office reported Wednesday. That figure includes at least 253,902 new voters who signed up since the April 24 voter registration deadline for the primary election. These new voters...

Posted: 7 days ago

A record number of Georgians, more than 6.9 million, are registered to vote ahead of next month’s election for governor, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office reported Wednesday. That figure includes at least 253,902 new voters who signed up since the April 24 voter registration deadline for the primary election. These new voters...