The State Election Board had decided to move forward with an investigation into potential voter registration fraud.
The board voted unanimously at an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to issue an updated subpoena in the case against The New Georgia Project, a non-profit voter registration group.
While some have questioned Secretary of State Brian Kemp's motives, he said his office is just following up on complaints from counties around the state.
"As an investigative body, this is our duty to look into those complaints and that's where this investigation has gone,” said Kemp.
Two of Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, and Democrat Jason Carter, have made national headlines. But there’s also a third candidate, Libertarian Andrew Hunt. Hunt has received much less publicity but may play a critical role.
He is an Atlanta engineer with 50 patents who was CEO of a nanotech firm. Hunt says there’s not enough diversity among elected officials. Occupational diversity, that is. Notably, both Deal and Carter are attorneys. According to recent polls, Hunt is drawing about 6 percent of the vote in the race, which appears likely to go to a runoff.
GPB News reporter Jeanne Bonner sat down with Hunt to talk about the upcoming election, his plans for education, and the value of a candidate that isn’t a career politician.
Georgia voters will select between three Republicans in the race for governor May 20: incumbent Nathan Deal, former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State School Superintendent John Barge. Barge is abandoning his own re-election bid to run for governor. He told GPB recently Georgia’s gains on college-entrance exams, national assessments and the graduation rate will suffer if state leaders don’t restore years of cuts in education funding.
Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington is one of two Republicans challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in this month’s primary. Pennington has been running the north Georgia town known as the “carpet capital of the world” for six years. He’s been widely called a Tea Party candidate in this primary. But he told GPB recently he doesn’t agree with that label.
If there can be said to be a front-runner in the GOP primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, it might be Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah). The 11-term congressman has so far raised the most money in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. In an interview with GPB in late December, Kingston called himself the “consensus conservative” in the race.