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October 17, 2016 - Atlanta - Voters take a photo with  state Rep. Park Cannon (center), D-Atlanta, as they wait to vote at the Fulton County Government Center.  Congressman John Lewis, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and state Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, led young Democrats on a march from the Nelson Street Bridge to the Fulton County Government Center where the first day of early voting had begun.   BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Half a million Georgians have already voted in 2016 election

10:55 am Oct. 24, 2016

The first full week of advance, in-person voting in Georgia saw long lines across Metro Atlanta.

Now we know why.

Nearly 500,000 voters cast ballots in the state last week, in addition to the nearly 90,000 mail-in absentee ballots the state has received thus far.

According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, 578,539 ballots have been cast as of today.

Fulton County continues to lead the way with nearly 80,000 votes cast. DeKalb is

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill  earlier this year. AP/Cliff Owen

AJC poll: Many Georgians dissatisfied with Paul Ryan

8:00 am Oct. 23, 2016

A plurality of Georgians hold an unfavorable view of Paul Ryan less than two weeks after the House Speaker made the extraordinary announcement that he would no longer defend his party’s nominee for president.

A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found that 41 percent of Georgians – including 36 percent of Republicans – view the Wisconsin Republican unfavorably. Slightly more than one-third of respondents and 40 percent of Republicans and said they

Republicans David Perdue and Jack Kingston in 2014, when they were both vying for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

Long before Trump, Georgia politicos paid lip service to term limits — but the needle hasn’t moved

3:29 pm Oct. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t the first person to propose “draining the swamp” here in the nation’s capital. Many current and former Georgia lawmakers have paid lip service to the idea of congressional term limits over the past two decades — but the talk hasn’t translated into much action.

Term limits obviously aren’t very popular among D.C.’s political class. Who voluntarily wants to give up power?

Proponents of the idea say it prevents lawmakers

A voter comes in to cast his ballot at an early vote location in DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. There have been 44 statewide Democratic primaries in Georgia since 1996 and 60 for Republicans. Among the former, DeKalb County Democrats have voted for the winner 42 times. Among the latter, Dawson County Republicans went for the winner 55 times. It's clear then: Any presidential candidate who wants to win in Georgia better win in the right place. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

ACLU sues Georgia to re-open voter registration in storm-hit counties

2:26 pm Oct. 18, 2016

Yet another group has filed suit against the state of Georgia demanding that voter registration be re-opened in counties where Hurricane Matthew forced evacuations and government closures.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in federal court Monday.

“The state’s failure to extend the voter registration deadline, despite the massive disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew, means that thousands of Georgians will be prevented from participating in the November election. This is unethical

October 17, 2016 - Atlanta - The line for voting extends out of the building at the Fulton County Government Center where the first day of early voting had begun.   BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Nearly 150,000 Georgians have already cast ballots ahead of Nov. 8 election

11:45 am Oct. 18, 2016

More than 146,000 Georgians have already cast ballots in the 2016 election after just one day of early in-person voting.

The total includes more than 61,000 absentee ballots cast by mail and more than 85,000 ballots cast in person, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.

More: All about Georgia’s voting system and ballot security

In 2012, more than 1.9 million ballots were cast ahead of the actual Election Day.

Michael McDonald,