New season of GPB’s ‘Battleground: Ballot Box’ to follow Georgia Trump election case
LISTEN: Nearly three years since a failed attempt to overturn Georgia’s presidential results, a grand jury in Atlanta will soon decide if former President Donald Trump and his allies will face criminal charges. GPB's "Battleground: Ballot Box" podcast returns to cover those likely indictments with new episodes starting Aug. 7, 2023.
It’s been nearly three years since a failed attempt to overturn Georgia’s presidential results. Now, a grand jury in Atlanta will soon decide if former President Donald Trump and his allies will face criminal charges for their actions.
GPB News’ award-winning Battleground: Ballot Box podcast, hosted by political reporter Stephen Fowler, will return starting Aug. 7, 2023, for a special season dedicated to the historic investigation into election interference.
The podcast season will refresh the audience on the events leading up to the 2020 presidential election, from the largest-ever rollout of new voting equipment to the pandemic-era changes that helped a record number of Georgians vote — and track the fallout from indictments expected to come against a number of Republicans who used those changes as a basis to subvert the electoral process.
President Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia by just under 12,000 votes was counted three separate times, including once by hand, but Trump and a wide-ranging assortment of lawyers, lawmakers and acolytes spent months spreading false claims about the outcome and those who conducted the election.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is looking at a wide range of potential crimes surrounding 2020 election interference efforts, from the so-called “fake electors” who falsely claimed to represent Georgia’s electoral college votes to hearings where Trump supporters urged lawmakers to reverse the state’s election results to the infamous calls where the then-president pressured Republican officials to “find” votes to be tossed and award him a victory.
A special purpose grand jury spent eight months in 2022 gathering evidence and hearing from more than 70 witnesses, but not Trump, to find potential violations of state law. Their final report, released in part in February 2023, found no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
Battleground: Ballot Box tracks Georgia’s central role in the nationwide fight over who we vote for and how those votes are counted, and has been downloaded more than 750,000 times since its first episode in 2020. Catch up on previous episodes of the podcast covering the developments as they happened in real time and subscribe to receive new episodes anywhere you get podcasts or at gpb.org/battleground.