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Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

BY: - July 19, 2021

If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in downtown Atlanta Monday to hear how […]

Two Georgia special election runoffs deliver two GOP Statehouse seats

BY: - July 13, 2021

Cobb County voters overwhelmingly backed Republican Devan Seabaugh in a runoff Tuesday that was seen as a prelude to next year’s high-stakes elections. The race to replace Marietta Republican state Rep. Bert Reeves was one of two state House contests settled Tuesday, making the pair of special elections the first held since Georgia’s controversial election law fully […]

Supreme Court ruling on Arizona law could hinder Georgia court challenges

BY: and - July 2, 2021

The U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld provisions in Arizona’s election law because they did not violate the Voting Rights Act could make it more difficult for federal lawsuits challenging Georgia’s voting law to succeed. Election law experts say Thursday’s ruling raises new doubts in most of the eight federal lawsuits alleging Georgia’s new rules […]

Georgia AG denies discrimination in state’s controversial new election law

BY: - May 4, 2021

Republican Attorney General Chris Carr is asking a U.S. District Court judge to toss out a lawsuit that claims Georgia’s new election law disenfranchises minorities, the disabled and other marginalized groups. Carr argues that Georgia remains one of the top states in the nation for providing access to the ballot box after state lawmakers passed […]

Trump casts long shadow early over Georgia’s 2022 statewide campaigns

BY: - April 18, 2021

Georgia’s 2022 campaign season is getting an early start, now with a former Democratic legislator who turned Republican after he endorsed Donald Trump announcing his bid to challenge Gov. Brian Kemp in the primary. Former state Rep. Vernon Jones said as governor he will be the standard-bearer for the Republican faction led by Trump and […]

Trump rips Kemp for Georgia election overhaul that ‘didn’t go further’

BY: - April 6, 2021

A rift remains between former President Donald Trump and Gov. Brian Kemp even after the governor backed an overhaul of voting laws that responds to a number of the baseless conspiracy theories claiming widespread irregularities plagued last year’s presidential election. Trump attacked Kemp in a press release Tuesday for supporting legislation that the former president […]

Raffensperger laments lost authority in new voting law, third group files suit

BY: - March 31, 2021

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is defending the overhaul of state election laws against voter suppression claims as several federal lawsuits attempt to overturn new rules they say make it disproportionately harder for minorities and other marginalized groups to vote.  The state’s top election official sat down with the Georgia Recorder Tuesday to say […]

Voting rights groups file federal suit challenging Georgia’s new voting law

BY: - March 26, 2021

A prominent national election attorney and several voting rights groups are asking a federal judge to stop Georgia from enforcing its sweeping new voting law, which they argue will disenfranchise minorities, the disabled and other marginalized groups.  Attorney Marc Elias, the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund and the student organization Rise filed a […]

Path cleared for Ga. House to take up major voting bill with absentee limits

BY: - March 23, 2021

A Georgia House panel Monday approved a bill intended to overhaul early and absentee voting laws and restrict access to ballot drop boxes, opening a clear path for lawmakers to vote on the sweeping election legislation in the waning days of the 2021 legislative session. The House Special Committee on Election Integrity passed a modified […]

Voting restricton debate reaching peak as 2021 Legislature winds down

BY: - March 21, 2021

The battle over Georgians’ voting rights appears headed for a showdown this week, with lawmakers gearing up to vote on bills intended to reshape how elections are run. Democrats and many voting rights activists have denounced sweeping Republican-sponsored bills as attempts to make it harder to cast ballots through new absentee ID requirements, limiting the […]

Ga. senate panel hears critics of wide-ranging election bill as vote looms

BY: - March 16, 2021

A Georgia Senate panel focused on changes to election rules is expected to wrap up hearing testimony Wednesday from dozens of people, many of whom are likely critics of a wide-ranging Republican proposal to restrict access to the ballot box.  The Senate Ethics Committee could take a vote on the legislation as soon as Thursday. […]

Debate over voting bills heats up as no-excuse absentee proposal fades

BY: - March 16, 2021

Georgia Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan said Monday that it’s unlikely he has enough support from top Republican leaders to repeal the state’s no-excuse absentee voting law. It is one component of his expansive voting bill that the state’s top GOP leaders have publicly opposed. Dugan serves on the Georgia Ethics Committee which heard passionate […]