Battle for the Ballot

State lawmakers line up behind bipartisan plan to compensate police suicide survivors

BY: - March 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers is working to get a bill across the Legislature’s finish line that would remove barriers that prevent families of police officers who died by suicide from collecting the same benefits as survivors of officers who die in the line of duty. A House public safety panel is expected to […]

Senators at last, today’s swearing-in caps Georgia’s 2020 election season

BY: - January 20, 2021

Georgia’s extended 2020 election is set to finally deliver the will of the state’s voters Wednesday as a new vice president conducts a swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Sens. Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. After months of attack ads fueled by record campaign spending, baseless presidential election fraud conspiracies and even death threats aimed at […]

Georgia election officials again defend result against presidential do-over

BY: - January 5, 2021

The fallout of President Donald Trump’s released recording with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger continued Monday with calls for investigations and tensions flaring heading into today’s intense U.S. Senate election runoffs. Raffensperger said Monday that the hour-long phone conversation with the president over the weekend shines more light on the persistent false allegations that rampant  fraud […]

Statewide absentee ballot signature audit to ‘restore faith’ gets UGA assist

BY: - December 16, 2020

A University of Georgia research team will conduct a statewide voter signature match audit as claims of voting irregularities in the Nov. 3 election persist heading into the Jan. 5 runoffs. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday that UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs would examine the authenticity of absentee ballot voters’ signatures. […]

State election officials launch absentee ballot signature audit

BY: - December 15, 2020

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Monday that investigators will audit voter signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County in the latest attempt to confirm the state’s 2020 election results. Raffensperger’s office is teaming up with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to recheck the signatures on a sample of Cobb absentee ballot envelopes […]

Georgia Democrats formally cast 16 electoral votes for Joe Biden

BY: - December 14, 2020

Georgia’s Democratic electors hailed it as history in the making Monday when they awarded President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the state’s 16 electoral ballots. Monday’s electoral meeting in the Capitol’s Senate chamber led by former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Georgia Democratic Party Chair and newly-elected U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams, […]

State lawmakers push changes after absentee ballots key in 2020 election

BY: - December 9, 2020

Georgia’s state Senate Republicans conceded Tuesday they don’t have the votes to call for a special legislative session or the authority to overturn the Nov. 3 presidential election, but they vowed to restrict access to mail-in voting when they return next month for the new legislative session.  Eliminating no-excuse absentee balloting is high on the […]

Texas U.S. Supreme Court suit latest attempt to hand Trump win

BY: - December 9, 2020

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Georgia and three other states in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to invalidate the Nov. 3 election results that gave President-elect Joe Biden the most votes.  The suit charges Georgia’s state Election Board did not follow the law when it permitted poll workers to process absentee ballots two weeks […]

With Biden’s Georgia win certified, few paths for Trump to overturn outcome

BY: - December 8, 2020

The options appear to be shrinking fast for President Donald Trump and his allies attempting to overturn Georgia’s election results after becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to lose in the state in nearly 30 years. Trump’s venues to continue fighting grew fewer Monday than at any point since President-elect Joe Biden was projected the […]

Georgia’s top election official says Biden wins state’s latest recount

BY: - December 7, 2020

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the third counting of ballots in Georgia’s presidential race, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory once again over President Donald Trump. Raffensperger announced Monday afternoon that he signed off on the results after nearly 5 million ballots were rescanned starting just before Thanksgiving.  The size of Biden’s victory over Trump […]

Georgia’s midnight recount deadline passes with Fulton results still out

BY: - December 4, 2020

Georgia’s historic presidential recount is said to be close to wrapping up Friday, with only several thousand votes remaining to be counted before apparently confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office expressed optimism earlier in the day that the state’s 159 county elections offices would meet his Wednesday night deadline to […]

Biden’s Georgia win likely reaffirmed as third election count set to end

BY: - December 3, 2020

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday that a third counting of presidential election ballots is trending toward again confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. Raffensperger said he plans to certify the presidential election results Friday after county elections staff spent the last week counting more than 5 million ballots cast […]