GPB Midterms 2018 Coverage

Read and listen to all our Midterm Elections coverage here.

Democratic Party of Georgia

Former President Barack Obama will campaign with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and other candidates on Friday. 

According to the Democratic Party of Georgia, Obama and Abrams will be joined by Lt. Governor nominee Sarah Riggs Amico, 6th Congressional District nominee Lucy McBath and 7th Congressional District Nominee Carolyn Bourdeaux. 

The "Get Out The Vote Rally" will be at Morehouse College. 

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence will make stops with Republican nominee Brian Kemp in Dalton, Grovetown and Savannah. 

Flickr

Early voting ends this Friday in Georgia. Accusations of voter suppression have landed Georgia in the national spotlight.

 

Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office faces multiple lawsuits for rejecting voter applications. Last week, a judge ruled state elections officials cannot reject absentee mail-in ballots if signatures do not match those on file.

 

We spoke to ProPublica's Jessica Huseman and Savannah State's Allynne Owens about the history of voter suppression and how to spot it as citizens today.

Stephen Fowler / GPB News

It’s a sunny Saturday and about a dozen people are huddled in Amanda Tate’s living room in Calhoun, about an hour northwest of Atlanta. Tate chairs the Gordon County Democratic Party, and she's preparing these volunteers for a day of reaching potential voters.  


Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border.
Chris Carlson / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, national issues have started to play a larger role in Georgia election campaigns. As investigators continue to look into a series of mail bombs and a caravan from Central America continues its trek towards the border, candidates take a stance on these dividing national issues.


Slideshow: First Gubernatorial Debate Photos

Oct 26, 2018
John Bazemore / AP/File

The candidates largely stuck to campaign talking points during the first time the three shared the stage ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminded viewers about his plan to stop street gangs, Democrat Stacey Abrams continued her push for Medicaid expansion, and both major candidates sparred over voting rights in the election.

Libertarian candidate Ted Metz, who has a fraction of the name recognition and the fundraising totals of his two opponents, also participated.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Georgia elections officials will no longer reject absentee mail-in ballots with signatures that do not match those on file.

In a federal court order Thursday a judge ruled that absentee ballots with a signature mismatch will now become provisional.


Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

On this Podcast Edition of Political Rewind, GPB Reporter Stephen Fowler breaks down all of the lawsuits, controversies and provides context surrounding allegations of voter suppression. 

Have you encountered problems voting during the elections? Send us a tip here or text VOTE to 81380.

What is a Provisional Ballot?

Oct 25, 2018
Brynn Anderson / AP Photo/File

What happens when a possible voter’s name has changed and isn’t reflected on the voter rolls? What happens when a possible voter doesn’t have the required identification documents available at the time of voting? Issues like these happen and are common. To remedy this, an election official is required to extend a provisional ballot, which is on paper, to the voter instead of a regular ballot.

A provisional ballot is a way for you to cast a ballot if your eligibility to vote on Election Day cannot be immediately verified.

Republican gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, center, speaks as Democrat Stacey Abrams, left, and Libertarian Ted Metz look on during a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, a recap from Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate. Did we learn anything new about the candidates? Did Libertarian candidate Ted Metz gain the exposure he wants to force a runoff? We’ll get analysis from our panel.


ProPublica

Georgia's election system is a multi-step process, and there are many chances for confusion and mistakes along the way.

GPB News is partnering with ProPublica's Electionland project to cover obstacles that eligible voters face during the Nov. 6, 2018 midterm elections.

The Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates were held Nov. 2 for Public Service Commission District 3 and Secretary of State.
Stephen Fowler / GPB News

A fire alarm going off a few minutes into the live debate for Georgia’s governor was probably the most unpredictable part of the night. It’s the first time the three candidates shared the stage ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and the candidates largely stuck to campaign talking points.


WHENISCALENDARS.COM/GOOGLE IMAGES

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office says there are 75,000 total voter registration applications that are “pending” as of Oct. 17.

That’s according to a full analysis the office did following an Oct. 9 report from the Associated Press about the list, one of many pieces of Georgia’s voting system that has been highlighted and litigated ahead of this November’s contentious race for governor between Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.

John Amis / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, as the candidates for Governor prepare for tonight's Atlanta Press Club debate, Stacey Abrams acknowledges her part in a protest that involved burning the Georgia state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, while she was in college.


Project Vote

With just weeks remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the midterm elections why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political experts to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

 

Today's episode deals with provisional ballots, how they're used, and what difference they can make in a tight race.

Turnout for this year's election is higher than previous midterms, thanks in part to a nationally-watched governor's race between Democrat Stacey Abrams, Republican Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz. But beyond the governor's race, other statewide offices and local initiatives, there are seven constitutional amendments and statewide referendums on the ballot as well. 

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

More than 500,000 Georgians have participated in early voting for the Nov. 6 midterm election through the first week of in-person early voting, and that number now includes Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams.

Abrams was joined Monday morning by some family members at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall to presumably cast a ballot for herself and other Democrats running for statewide and local offices.


Andre M / Wikimedia Commons

On this edition of Political Rewind, voters will be asked to weigh in on five proposed amendments that will appear on this year’s ballot. We discuss the amendments, decipher what they mean and talk about the significance of each measure.


Ross Terrell / GPB News

Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp picked up another out-of-state endorsement Monday. This time from Marco Rubio. 


Flickr

The upcoming midterm elections are causing stress for many people in Georgia, especially people of color.

 

Last week, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus called for more training of elections staff in Gwinnett County after the county rejected more than 500 absentee ballots.  

 

 

 


Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, the first week of early voting shows record-breaking turnout, but accusations of voter suppression rose just as much.


Screenshot

In-person early voting for the Nov. 6 election is underway, but many more Georgians are also choosing to vote using an absentee by mail ballot. More than 200,000 voters have requested an absentee ballot as of Oct. 17.


Voter casts ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
John Bazemore / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, long lines of voters continue to crowd polling places during the first week of early voting across the state. Some are alleging voter suppression after African-American senior citizens on their way to vote early were asked by Jefferson County officials to get off the bus that was taking them to the polls.


AJC

Another part of Georgia’s elections infrastructure is being challenged in court this week, as two separate lawsuits are challenging parts of Georgia's mail-in absentee ballot process.

Smythe DuVal, a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state, is joined by Democratic state House candidate Jasmine Clark and three Georgia voters in suing Republican secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp and the Gwinnett County Board of Elections.


flickr

With just weeks remaining before Georgia's midterm elections, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

Voter casting his ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
John Bazemore, File / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, polls are open for Early Voting in Georgia and Election Day is just three weeks away. How will early voting shape the outcome of the races across the state?


Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.
GPB

Today on Political Rewind, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams discusses her campaign plans with less than a month ahead of the 2018 Election.


Grant Blankenship/GPB

On the final day of voter registration in Georgia, a report from The Associated Press found the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has more than 53,000 voter registrations on hold under the state’s “exact match” law.

 

Left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall event, in Natick, Mass. Right: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Orlando, Fla.
Steven Senne, John Raoux / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, new polls continue to predict that Democrats will make strong gains in the United States House of Representatives and potentially take a majority after the 2018 Midterm Elections. Are Georgia’s Democratic congressional candidates going to follow the national trend or will the state’s voters keep incumbent Republicans in office?


Ross Terrell / GPB News

Donald Trump Jr. stumped in Athens Tuesday evening for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp.

About a hundred supporters were on hand at the Classic Center to hear from the president’s son.


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Dozens of supporters packed into a converted office in a Jonesboro strip mall Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee on the campaign trail.

Behind a curtain and equally enveloped by the 90 percent humidity permeating the space, Stacey Abrams, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley were calling voters in Clayton County to help knock on doors ahead of the Nov. 6 election.


Pages