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Georgia 2018: Rick Jeffares joins race for lieutenant governor

10:10 am May. 26, 2017

It’s been whispered about for a while now, but state Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough, has filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor.

Jeffares, first elected in 2010, is chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee and a member of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. A small business owner, he is a former Locust Grove city manager and Henry County commissioner.

Efforts to reach Jeffares were unsuccessful.

He joins a crowded field in the race for

Under pressure to do town halls, some Ga. Republicans opt for tele-forums

11:00 am Mar. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – At a time when many constituents are demanding face time, several Georgia congressmen are instead choosing to pick up the phone.

Demonstrators frustrated with the Trump administration are continuing to pressure the state’s 10 Republican congressmen and two GOP senators to hold in-person town hall events. Phone lines and email inboxes have been flooded, and protesters meet weekly outside the offices of lawmakers such as Sen.

Homeland Security tried to hack Georgia’s election system?

4:23 pm Dec. 8, 2016

The world just got a little more strange. From our AJC colleague Kristina Torres:

The Wall Street Journal is also chasing the story, and has added what might be construed as a dose of paranoia:

Georgia was one of the states that had declined the federal government’s assistance for election security, citing state sovereignty. “Right now, we’re just demanding answers,” said David Dove, a top aide to the Georgia secretary

Democrats: ‘Colored people’ remark why voters should reject OSD

2:14 pm Nov. 4, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent remarks that “colored people” should support his proposed Opportunity School District on Tuesday’s general election ballot has already sparked outrage and a call for an apology.

Now, Georgia Democrats are using it to criticize the governor and his proposal before votes are counted. The OSD proposal is Amendment 1 on this year’s ballot.

“Hearing the comments Governor Deal made only solidified in my mind, my neighbors’

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

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

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,

Mary Norwood mulls return to Atlanta mayoral fray

8:56 am Sep. 22, 2016

This year’s election circus may be coming to an end in 46 days (who’s counting?), but Atlanta’s 2017 mayoral race continues to heat up, with yet another candidate mulling a bid to replace the outgoing Kasim