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'Full plate' of voter worries for new Georgia elections head

Dec. 5, 2018 5:01 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Republican elected to oversee Georgia's elections for the next four years will inherit an office tasked with replacing the state's aging electronic voting machines, ensuring security flaws that exposed voters' personal information to potential hacks have been patched and dealing...

Correction: Election 2018-Secretary of State-Georgia story

Dec. 5, 2018 1:57 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — In a story Dec. 4 about the runoff election for Georgia secretary of state, The Associated Press erroneously reported the statewide office has no law enforcement role. According to Candice Broce, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office, the office has an investigations...

Barrow concedes defeat in Georgia secretary of state race

Dec. 5, 2018 1:20 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The losing Democrat in Georgia's runoff election for secretary of state says he wishes his Republican rival "every success" as the state's new elections chief. Former congressman John Barrow conceded the race in a statement Wednesday. He was defeated in the Tuesday runoff by Republican...

GOP's Raffensperger wins runoff for Georgia elections chief

Dec. 5, 2018 12:57 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Republican Brad Raffensperger won a runoff election Tuesday to become Georgia's next secretary of state, taking over the office at the center of a debate over voter access and election security in the Southern state. Raffensperger, a state lawmaker from suburban Atlanta, defeated...

The Latest: Republican wins Georgia elections chief runoff

Dec. 4, 2018 10:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on Georgia's Secretary of State race (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Republican Brad Raffensperger has been elected Georgia's new elections chief amid a debate over access to the polls and election security. Raffensperger defeated former Democratic congressman John Barrow in a...

Voting access takes center stage in Georgia runoff

Dec. 3, 2018 6:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's voters have one more chance to make their voices heard about the state's election infrastructure. Tuesday's runoff election for Georgia secretary of state pits Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger against former Democratic congressman John Barrow. Neither candidate won more...

Voting access takes center stage in Georgia runoff

Dec. 2, 2018 9:31 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — As a battle over the fairness of Georgia's recent election for governor moves from the political arena to the courtroom, two men are locked in a runoff race, with far less fanfare, to oversee the future of the state's election apparatus. Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger faces former...

Candidate-backed group challenges Georgia election process

Nov. 27, 2018 3:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A political organization backed by Democrat Stacey Abrams filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the way Georgia's elections are run, making good on a promise Abrams made as she ended her bid to become the state's governor. State elections officials "grossly mismanaged" the 2018...

Midterms reveal South split along urban, rural differences

Nov. 26, 2018 12:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Solid South is no more. A century of rule by "Southern Democrats" followed by a generation of Republican domination is evolving into something more complex. This month's midterms revealed a South that is essentially splitting in two. In states like Georgia and Texas, population growth...

Nonprofit challenges Georgia lieutenant governor's election

Nov. 24, 2018 6:35 PM EST

A nonprofit group and three Georgia voters are challenging the results of the lieutenant governor's election, arguing that there may have been tens of thousands of votes never recorded in the race. The Coalition for Good Governance alleges that an accurate result in the Nov. 6 election can't be determined because...