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Georgia ban on giving snacks to voters challenged in federal court

Voting organizations argued in federal court Monday that Georgia’s ban on handing out snacks and water to fatigued voters should be blocked, telling a judge they have a free-speech right to encourage participation in elections. → Read More

Judge upholds limits on mass mailings of Georgia absentee ballot forms

A federal judge has denied a motion to throw out a part of Georgia's voting law, Senate Bill 202, that limited third-party organizations' efforts to mail millions of absentee ballot request forms to voters. → Read More

Judge weighs whether Georgia PSC elections are discriminatory

A judge will soon rule on whether Georgia's system of statewide elections for the Public Service Commission is discriminatory against Black voters. A five-day trial in the case concluded Friday. The Public Service Commission is responsible for regulating electricity and natural gas prices. → Read More

Mental health law and teacher pay raises among new Georgia laws

Beginning Friday, dozens of laws that Georgia legislators passed earlier this year go into effect, including expanded mental health services, teacher pay raises and Medicaid benefits for new mothers. → Read More

An end to ballot bar codes? Georgia election officials consider design changes

Georgia election officials are discussing whether to eliminate bar codes from printed-out paper ballots. Election integrity advocates say full ballots would be more secure, but some experts disagree. → Read More

Democrats vie for chance at Georgia chief elections job in runoff

Democrats Bee Nguyen and Dee Dawkins-Haigler face off in Georgia's June 21 runoff for secretary of state. The winner will face Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who already won the Republican primary, in the November general election. → Read More

Under Georgia voting law, absentees decline but turnout resilient

Georgia's primary election revealed some of the impact of the state's voting law, as absentee voting declined but overall turnout remained high. Much of the law, Senate Bill 202, created new regulations for absentee voting, including drop box limitations, ID requirements and earlier application deadlines. → Read More

Democrats in runoff for Georgia election job debate voting rights

Democrats Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Bee Nguyen debated voting rights and election restrictions Monday as they compete in a runoff for Georgia secretary of state. The winner of the June 21 runoff will face Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the November general election. → Read More

Georgia voting touchscreens vulnerable, cybersecurity agency finds

A U.S. cybersecurity agency reported Friday that voting touchscreens used in Georgia are vulnerable to hacking attacks, though there’s no evidence those weaknesses have been exploited so far. → Read More

Jones wins primary for Ga. lieutenant governor, solidifying GOP ticket

Burt Jones won the Republican primary for Georgia lieutenant governor, narrowly avoiding a runoff after the last votes were counted Friday. → Read More

How election denial lost in Georgia’s GOP race for secretary of state

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won the Georgia Republican primary by defending himself against claims of a rigged election, winning over voters who supported him despite drawing former President Donald Trump's ire. → Read More

Turnout booms in Georgia primary, led by resurgent Republicans

Early voting turnout in Georgia's primary is at record highs, led by Republican Party voters making their mark in the midterm election. Though Donald Trump isn't on the ballot, Republican voters say they're motivated by Georgia's races for governor and U.S. Senate after Democratic victories in 2020. → Read More

Georgia investigation dispels allegations highlighted in ‘2000 Mules’

The State Election Board voted unanimously to dismiss three allegations of "ballot harvesting," finding that ballots had been delivered by family members as allowed in Georgia law. Ballot harvesting claims are the focus of the recent movie "2000 Mules." → Read More

Georgia seeks dismissal of Fair Fight voting rights case

Attorneys defending Georgia's election policies asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss the Fair Fight voting rights case that alleges voters face illegal hurdles to casting their ballots. The judge is expected to rule Friday. → Read More

Judge in Georgia voting rights trial is asked to change ‘exact match’

Voting rights groups including Fair Fight Action rested their case in federal court Wednesday and asked a judge to order changes to "exact match" registration policies and absentee ballot cancellation practices. → Read More

Georgia appeals court is asked to revive case questioning 2020 election

The Georgia Court of Appeals considered a lawsuit by several voters seeking to conduct an independent review of absentee ballots cast in Fulton County in the 2020 election. Judges questioned why they should allow the case to move forward when no counterfeit ballots have been found. → Read More

Democrats deride Georgia voting law in secretary of state debate

Five Democratic candidates for secretary of state opposed Georgia's voting law during a debate sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club on Monday. The candidates are Dee Dawkins-Haigler, John Eaves, Floyd Griffin, Bee Nguyen and Michael Owens, → Read More

Republicans scuffle over 2020 in race for Georgia elections chief

Three Republican challengers for Georgia secretary of state targeted incumbent Brad Raffensperger over the 2020 election during a debate Monday ahead of the GOP primary. The candidates are Raffensperger, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle and former Truetlen County Probate Judge T.J. Hudson. → Read More

Automatic registration restored in Georgia after its quiet elimination

The Georgia Department of Driver Services restored automatic voter registration in March after registration rates plunged last year. Department officials said they initially didn't realize that its new website had effectively stopped automatic registration during 2021. → Read More

Subpoenas seek evidence of Georgia ballot collection

The State Election Board has issued subpoenas to seek evidence of ballot collection allegations in Georgia by True the Vote, a conservative election organization. → Read More