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So far, so good for debut of new paper-ballot machines in Georgia
 More than a dozen voters have used new paper-ballot voting machines in Conyers with no reported problems, the first step of a new pilot program to test the machines in Georgia. “It’s fair to say we’re excited to get the ball rolling and partner with a good elections office and give voters a preview of what the future...

7:10 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

More than a dozen voters have used new paper-ballot voting machines in Conyers with no reported problems, the first step of a new pilot program to test the machines in Georgia. “It’s fair to say we’re excited to get the ball rolling and partner with a good elections office and give voters a preview of what the future...
First test starts Monday for new paper-ballot machines in Georgia
 A crucial test for the future of Georgia elections begins Monday when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. Voters in Conyers will begin casting paper ballots along with new voting and tabulating machines as they decide on a new mayor and two City Council seats. The pilot program comes as...

4:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

A crucial test for the future of Georgia elections begins Monday when early voting opens across the state ahead of the Nov. 7 local and special elections. Voters in Conyers will begin casting paper ballots along with new voting and tabulating machines as they decide on a new mayor and two City Council seats. The pilot program comes as...
Georgia customers may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup”
 Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. Approval for just such a proposal may come by year’s end, just in time for the holidays. State officials said they are likely to make their decision after a Nov. 17 public hearing. To find out how...

3:04 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. Approval for just such a proposal may come by year’s end, just in time for the holidays. State officials said they are likely to make their decision after a Nov. 17 public hearing. To find out how...
Early voting for local elections starts Monday in Georgia
 Early voting starts Monday for local municipal elections being held across Georgia, culminating Nov. 7 with Election Day.  Be sure to check with your local elections office to confirm where to go cast an early ballot, since early voting locations are not the same as regular neighborhood polling places.  The municipalities are...

2:47 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Early voting starts Monday for local municipal elections being held across Georgia, culminating Nov. 7 with Election Day.  Be sure to check with your local elections office to confirm where to go cast an early ballot, since early voting locations are not the same as regular neighborhood polling places.  The municipalities are...
Customers may soon get curbside pickup for beer, wine sales in Georgia
 Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. The state Department of Revenue put the proposed regulation out for public comment earlier this week, and the agency will hold a Nov. 17 hearing on it before making a final decision. “We recognize that...

12:05 AM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Georgians may soon be able to order beer and wine online for “curbside pickup” at their local grocery and liquor stores. The state Department of Revenue put the proposed regulation out for public comment earlier this week, and the agency will hold a Nov. 17 hearing on it before making a final decision. “We recognize that...
Want to vote in the next election? Today’s the last day to register in Georgia.
 Today is the last day to register to vote in Georgia ahead of crucial local elections looming Nov. 7. Here’s how:  You can register, confirm or change your registration status online through the Secretary of State Office’s online “my voter page” website: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.  Text “GA&rdquo...

5:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Today is the last day to register to vote in Georgia ahead of crucial local elections looming Nov. 7. Here’s how:  You can register, confirm or change your registration status online through the Secretary of State Office’s online “my voter page” website: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.  Text “GA&rdquo...
Georgia lawmakers: Don’t politicize Vegas, but new gun laws possible
 Georgia is a haven for gun owners, hunters and collectors, and state officials have long issued protections for those individuals: Almost every year, a bill is pushed in the Legislature to make it easier to buy or carry weapons. State lawmakers don’t expect that to change, even as they have decried efforts to politicize the Law Vegas...

12:11 AM Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

Georgia is a haven for gun owners, hunters and collectors, and state officials have long issued protections for those individuals: Almost every year, a bill is pushed in the Legislature to make it easier to buy or carry weapons. State lawmakers don’t expect that to change, even as they have decried efforts to politicize the Law Vegas...
5 million Georgians may have had data impacted in Equifax breach
 Surprisingly few calls have rung through to the Georgia attorney general’s consumer protection unit since Equifax acknowledged a massive data breach: 65 as of late last week, despite 5 million Georgians potentially having their private data affected. It’s not clear whether that’s a sign of not knowing the state has...

4:33 PM Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017

Surprisingly few calls have rung through to the Georgia attorney general’s consumer protection unit since Equifax acknowledged a massive data breach: 65 as of late last week, despite 5 million Georgians potentially having their private data affected. It’s not clear whether that’s a sign of not knowing the state has...
Lawsuit claims Georgia House districts drawn to remove minority voters
 Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 residents who live in and around those districts in metro...

9:11 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 residents who live in and around those districts in metro...
Lawsuit claims GA House districts drawn to remove minority voters
 Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming that Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by two vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 voters who live in and around those districts...

1:38 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

Voters opposed to a 2015 redistricting plan have filed a second federal lawsuit claiming that Georgia illegally “gerrymandered” two state House districts by moving minority voters out of areas represented by two vulnerable white Republican lawmakers. The suit, filed Tuesday by 11 voters who live in and around those districts...
Judge mulls whether to release accused NSA leaker Reality Winner
 A federal judge is expected to rule next week whether to allow Reality Leigh Winner out of jail pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation. In a five-and-a-half-hour hearing Friday in Augusta, parts of which were closed to discuss classified material, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said he needed more time to do...

9:38 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

A federal judge is expected to rule next week whether to allow Reality Leigh Winner out of jail pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation. In a five-and-a-half-hour hearing Friday in Augusta, parts of which were closed to discuss classified material, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said he needed more time to do...
Judge delays decision whether to release accused NSA leaker Reality Winner from jail
 A federal judge is expected to rule next week whether to allow Reality Leigh Winner to be released from jail, pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation. In a five-and-a-half-hour hearing Friday in Augusta, parts of which were closed to discuss classified material, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said...

8:13 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

A federal judge is expected to rule next week whether to allow Reality Leigh Winner to be released from jail, pending her trial in the National Security Agency leak investigation. In a five-and-a-half-hour hearing Friday in Augusta, parts of which were closed to discuss classified material, U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps said...
Georgia lawmaker re-ups plea for cultivation of medical marijuana
 The Georgia lawmaker who wrote the state’s groundbreaking medical marijuana law has re-upped his call for the state to allow a limited form of cultivation and manufacturing, saying he wants to set a tone ahead of the upcoming legislative session. State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is urging families and advocates to contact state representatives...

5:00 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

The Georgia lawmaker who wrote the state’s groundbreaking medical marijuana law has re-upped his call for the state to allow a limited form of cultivation and manufacturing, saying he wants to set a tone ahead of the upcoming legislative session. State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is urging families and advocates to contact state representatives...
Trump’s fraud panel agrees to pay $250 for Georgia voter data
 President Donald Trump’s federal voter fraud panel has committed to paying a standard $250 fee to receive personal data on all of Georgia’s nearly 7 million voters. A spokesman for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Wednesday that at the request of the Trump commission, it has submitted an invoice for...

7:52 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

President Donald Trump’s federal voter fraud panel has committed to paying a standard $250 fee to receive personal data on all of Georgia’s nearly 7 million voters. A spokesman for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Wednesday that at the request of the Trump commission, it has submitted an invoice for...
Today’s National Voter Registration Day. Here’s how to register in Georgia.
 As election officials across the nation celebrated National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp  encouraged Georgians to check their status and register if needed. The day was established as a non-partisan way to encourage voter participation and increase awareness about state requirements...

4:19 PM Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

As election officials across the nation celebrated National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp  encouraged Georgians to check their status and register if needed. The day was established as a non-partisan way to encourage voter participation and increase awareness about state requirements...
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system
 Just as federal officials began acknowledging which of 21 states Russian-backed hackers targeted  ahead of last year’s presidential election, Georgia lawmakers began to weigh in on how to replace Georgia’s aging and potentially vulnerable election system. Georgia was not among the targeted states, but the conversation Friday...

3:10 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

Just as federal officials began acknowledging which of 21 states Russian-backed hackers targeted ahead of last year’s presidential election, Georgia lawmakers began to weigh in on how to replace Georgia’s aging and potentially vulnerable election system. Georgia was not among the targeted states, but the conversation Friday...
Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong
 A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her...
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system
 A handful of lawmakers began the discussion Friday about what it might take to move Georgia to a new election system, an important but incremental step toward replacing the state’s aging voting machines. The meeting of the state House Science and Technology Committee represents a start. Any decision will likely take a few years...

7:48 PM Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

A handful of lawmakers began the discussion Friday about what it might take to move Georgia to a new election system, an important but incremental step toward replacing the state’s aging voting machines. The meeting of the state House Science and Technology Committee represents a start. Any decision will likely take a few years...
Georgia opens its first office for women veterans 
 Georgia’s first women veterans office has officially opened in Atlanta, a nod by officials to one of the state’s fastest growing segments of veterans. The state Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create the program, which seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to just under 100,000, or about...

3:46 PM Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017

Georgia’s first women veterans office has officially opened in Atlanta, a nod by officials to one of the state’s fastest growing segments of veterans. The state Department of Veterans Service has long sought to create the program, which seeks to address the unique needs of a population that numbers to just under 100,000, or about...
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