state election system

Ga. House OKs bill packed with voting restrictions to opponents’ dismay

BY: - March 2, 2021

Georgia House Republicans pushed through broad election legislation Monday that would limit early voting and require an ID to vote absentee, with Democrats and voting rights groups protesting it would disproportionately affect people of color. The legislation passed largely along party lines with a 97-to-72 vote and is now headed to the state Senate, which […]

Election officials hope third time’s a charm as recount set to start Tuesday

BY: - November 23, 2020

Post updated at 7:52 a.m. Nov. 24  Georgia’s county election offices can start counting the presidential race ballots Tuesday morning for the third time, with the goal to wrap up by the end of Dec. 2. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office announced the timeline Monday to run each of the 5 million ballots […]

Georgia secretary of state certifies election results for Biden win

BY: - November 20, 2020

This post was updated at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 to include remarks from the governor. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the presidential election results Friday, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win over President Donald Trump. The official results have Biden edging out Trump by 12,670 votes, with the former vice president’s 2.47 million votes […]

Georgia’s exhausting election recount reaffirms Biden’s track to electoral win

BY: - November 20, 2020

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger plans to certify the presidential election Friday after a recount of Georgia’s 5 million votes confirmed that President-elect Joe Biden narrowly edged out President Donald Trump. The painstaking ballot hand count to audit the presidential election showed Biden received nearly 13,000 more votes than Trump in their contest for Georgia’s […]

Georgia’s election audit shrinks Biden lead, outcome remains same

BY: - November 18, 2020

Post updated Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. with full write-through Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is set to release Thursday the results of a closely watched statewide audit of the 5 million ballots cast in the presidential election. About 20 county election offices worked into Wednesday evening to try to meet the midnight deadline […]

Recount of votes finds 2,775 missed, Biden lead holds as audit nears end

BY: - November 17, 2020

A memory card found Tuesday in a Fayette County counting room during a statewide presidential election audit contained 2,755 votes poll workers missed earlier, the second day in a row just-discovered Georgia ballots ate into Joe Biden’s still-comfortable lead over President Donald Trump. An aide working for Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says […]

Georgia election chief under siege as Trump loyalists attack vote count

BY: - November 17, 2020

Georgia’s counties neared the end of an audit of 5 million votes in the presidential election Monday just as 2,600 new ballots turned up to add fuel to a continuing war of words over the outcome of Georgia’s GOP-run election. Poll workers did not scan the ballots at first and adding them to Georgia’s total […]

Election officials expect smoother November after June’s hard lessons

BY: - August 17, 2020

This story was updated Monday at 1:07 p.m. to accurately reflect that Secretary of State’s office sent absentee ballot applications to nearly 7 million Georgians for the June primary. Georgia election officials are banking on the lessons learned from a rocky June 9 general primary and a calmer Aug. 11 runoff will pay dividends in […]

Bipartisan support shown for delay of presidential primary until May

BY: - March 16, 2020

This story was updated at 8 a.m. on March 17 to reflect the current number of states that have postponed their primary election.  Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger assured voters Monday that the state is prepared to handle rescheduling the presidential primary that was to take place next week as part of  the May […]

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Bookman: Kemp’s election hacking claim proven bogus, but it worked

BY: - March 5, 2020

Just days before the 2018 gubernatorial election here in Georgia, Brian Kemp publicly accused the state Democratic Party of trying to hack into the state’s election system and rig the final outcome. His campaign condemned the alleged hacking attempt as “a fourth-quarter Hail Mary pass that was intercepted in the end zone” by state staff, […]