Tuesday morning on Political Rewind: Polling places are open across Georgia for the final day of voting in the 2020 general election. More than 53% of Georgians cast their ballots early, but election officials caution that lines in many places could be long as up to 2 million voters may show up to vote today.
Last-minute visits to the state by President Donald Trump on Sunday and former President Barack Obama are just the latest suggestion that Georgia is hotly contested.
Heading into the final week of early voting, Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger touted record turnout so far, reminded Georgians to return their absentee ballot as soon as possible and warned of long lines on Election Day.
Elections observers will no longer be able to talk to Macon-Bibb County voters in line at the polls under new restrictions passed Thursday evening by the board of elections.
The board’s action does not apply to official poll watchers, which are governed by Georgia law, but refers to groups or individuals who claim they have the right to observe and assist voters.
Nearly one-third of Georgia's 7.6 million registered voters have cast their ballots early in the November election, with more than a week of early voting left and a dozen before Election Day.
Thursday on Political Rewind: The latest polls all point to a similar conclusion — former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in the race to win Georgia. Close Senate races mirror what looks to be a tight presidential election as Democrats hope to win the state for the first time in decades.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will be campaigning in Atlanta Friday, her first visit to the state and coming amid record early voting turnout for the November election.
Fulton County officials expect minimal delays with the preparations underway at their elections warehouse after 13 of 60 employees tested positive for COVID-19 this week. None of the workers had any contact with voters or the main election office.
One in ten registered Georgia voters have already cast their ballots in the November general election, including a quarter million that have waited in long lines. Elections officials say they have expanded capacity of a system that has slowed down the check-in process and led to longer waits.
The second day of in-person early voting has begun after Monday's record turnout in Georgia, a battleground state that is closely watched for both its electoral outcome as well as how its elections are run.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that state and county officials failed to adequately provide enough polling places that lead to long lines at the polls.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: The first day of early in-person voting saw record turnout. The Georgia Secretary of State's office says more than 128,500 Georgians cast their ballots on Monday. That number is far above the 90,000 who voted on the first day of early voting in 2016.
Also: Sen. David Perdue and challenger Jon Ossoff met yesterday in the first televised debate in the race for Perdue’s Senate seat. Both lobbed harsh criticism towards their opponent with just weeks to go in the contest.
A total of 601,247 people have already voted three weeks out from Election Day, nearly four times higher than the same point in 2016. Of those, 469,673 have been absentee-by-mail, and the in-person turnout Monday was 40% higher than the 90,000 votes on the first day in 2016.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue was on the defensive Monday during an Atlanta Press Club debate against Democrat Jon Ossoff and Libertarian Shane Hazel. Polling shows a tight race between Ossoff and Perdue.
On the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia, more than 110,000 headed to the polls in droves to cast their ballots in a pivotal election that has seen the state take center stage for conversations about voting rights and control of the White House.
Monday marks the start of in-person early voting in Georgia, a battleground state that is closely watched for both its electoral outcome as well as how its elections are run. GPB News will have updates from polling sites around the state throughout the day.