The U.S. Justice Department this week approved a law giving Georgia’s secretary of state the power to set presidential primary dates. The approval puts the state in the middle of a national battle for power and influence. Georgia officials want the state to hold earlier primaries to gain more influence on presidential elections.
The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said weighing in early will give Georgia more influence in the primaries to reflect the state’s growing influence in the country.
Georgia's top court has upheld a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before they cast ballots. The Georgia Supreme Court's 6-1 decision on Monday is the latest court ruling to conclude that the rules are constitutional. The decision found the 2006 law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."
Georgians head to the polls next Tuesday to select Republican and Democratic nominees for Governor and other statewide and local races. To get a sense of what’s motivating voters, Rickey Bevington checked in with some newspapers around the state. mEarly voting for the July 20 primary continues through Friday. Polls open at 7 next Tuesday morning.