Thu., May 16, 2013 8:57am
As Macon and Bibb County voters get ready to elect their first-ever consolidated government July 16, one expert thinks they may have to update their calendars — federal authorities could delay the elections under the Voting Rights Act.
Mon., April 22, 2013 2:08pm
The deadline for federal authorities to stop controversial changes to election law in Macon and Bibb County has been greatly extended, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the community's most important local election in decades.
Tue., February 26, 2013 6:13pm
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that could bring about the end of federal oversight of elections in Georgia and other states with a history of racial discrimination at the polls.
Wed., February 20, 2013 4:26pm
The Bibb County Democratic Party fired off a blistering letter to federal officials Wednesday, calling a new state law affecting local elections there a “veiled attempt to thwart democracy.”
Wed., February 13, 2013 4:54pm
Legislation that would make local elections in Macon and Bibb County nonpartisan has one more hurdle to pass. It’s not the Governor’s desk — he’s expected to sign what his fellow Republicans passed handily in the state House and Senate. Rather, the move could bump up against the federal Voting Rights Act.
Mon., November 12, 2012 4:23pm
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule next year whether some states including Georgia still need federal oversight of how they conduct elections. The case concerns the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters by monitoring election map changes in some states.
Mon., December 26, 2011 5:44pm
Georgia's Attorney General, he's ready to go to court over Georgia's redistricting maps. Democrats promise to fight the maps pre-approved Friday by the Obama administration. Black and Latino lawmakers say, the new boundaries dilute their voting strength. Olens says, he can prove the opposite in court.
Fri., December 2, 2011 5:05pm
A Latino organization is challenging at-large voting districts in the cities of Dalton and Gainesville. The group says the districts disenfranchise non-white voters.
Thu., October 13, 2011 10:24am
Georgia is challenging the constitutionality of a clause in the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act. The challenge is part of a lawsuit filed last week that seeks approval for Georgia’s new redistricting maps.
Wed., September 7, 2011 4:27pm
Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on Georgia’s new congressional districts Wednesday. They now head to Washington, D.C., for review by the federal government.