The eligibility of tens of thousands of Georgia voters is being challenged ahead of the midterm election on Nov. 8, with Cobb County and Chatham County election boards the latest to reject attempts to remove people from the registrar’s rolls.
A third of Olivia Coley-Pearson's neighbors in Coffee County struggle to read at a basic level, and she wants to make sure they have help navigating their ballots. It's an effort that runs counter to other efforts to block help at the voting booth for people who struggle to read — a group that amounts to about 48 million Americans, or more than a fifth of the adult population.
A judge has declined to block a section of a Georgia election law that bans handing out food and water to voters waiting in line. The provision is part of a sweeping elections overhaul passed by Georgia lawmakers last year.
Friday on Political Rewind: After claiming the 2020 election was rigged, Republicans are mobilizing election volunteers and disputing individual voter registrations statewide. Plus, teachers are better-paid this school year, but they face new restrictions on teaching race and gender.
Groups challenging Georgia's 2021 voting law are asking a federal judge to block a ban on giving water and food to voters standing in line. The state is defending the ban, saying that it prevents concerns about illegal campaigning or vote buying, while preserving order around polling places.
The report was commissioned by President Biden in March 2021 as part of an executive order he signed to protect voting rights.
County election office directors, Democratic lawmakers, and a coalition of voting rights groups say the most troubling aspect of House Bill 1464 is that it gives the Georgia Bureau of Investigation the ability to initiate election investigations, a significant change that would divert jurisdiction from the Secretary of State’s Office and State Election Board to the crime fighting agency.
During a commemoration of the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Elliott Smith's great-aunt pushed him across the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in a stroller. Decades later, just before her passing, Smith switched roles and guided her wheelchair across the same bridge in 2015. She was Amelia Boynton Robinson, who helped lead the 1965 march.
Thursday on Political Rewind: Gov. Kemp said he supports legislation giving parents the right to decide if their children should wear masks in school. Plus, a conservative voter mobilization group launches a campaign to expand Sunday voting in rural areas of the state.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: A federal judge in Atlanta suggests he may have to stop hearing a voting rights lawsuit after a Supreme Court decision on a Alabama redistricting case. Newly released campaign fundraising totals show Stacey Abrams and Raphael Warnock outraised their GOP rivals. And Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan has further distanced himself from Republican loyalists to former President Donald Trump.
The symbolic action comes as Sinema has come under criticism from progressive groups in Arizona after she voted to uphold the filibuster in the Senate.
Thursday on Political Rewind: President Joe Biden faced a series of daunting challenges since taking office one year ago, including a dramatic resurgence of the coronavirus and a unified GOP Senate minority determined to block the president’s agenda. Plus, former Sen. David Perdue is calling for a new police unit to monitor state elections, based on his continuing lies about massive election fraud costing Donald Trump the state in 2020.
The majority-white, majority Republican rural county planned to move from seven to one polling place because of scarce resources and a change in voter behavior.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would. have turned 93 on Jan. 15. He was just 39 when he was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.
Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections.