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On Political Rewind Wednesday morning, we looked back at Tuesday's chaotic primary.

Social distancing, fewer polling stations and inexperienced staff all played a role in an Election Day that went long into the night with delays for many voters.

We debriefed with our panel of political insiders.


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Many voters faced long lines at the polls Tuesday. Many counties and voters continue to experiencing issues as in-person voting kicked-off for primary elections in Georgia.

Political Rewind spoke to an election official from the Secretary of State's office and our panel of political experts in the afternoon after hours of polling.

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Monday on Political Rewind, after some delays the primary election is here. Polls will open across the state Tuesday as Georgians vote on a number of local, state and federal races.

We took a look the ongoing demonstrations across the nation might shape the results. 


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Friday on Political Rewind, what is the role of Georgia in election year politics? National attention turns to the Peach State in 2020.

Earlier this week, Lucy McBath announced her support for Bloomberg. The endorsements come as the former New York City mayor tries to recover from the leaked remarks he made in a 2015 speech defending the “stop and frisk” policing policy.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, breaking down the results from the New Hampshire primary.  Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders has won a narrow victory over Pete Buttigieg, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar surged into a third place.

Our panel of experts will look at how the candidates spun the results and discuss the arguments each will likely make moving forward to Nevada and South Carolina.

Leaders in Houston County have formed a complete count committee to encourage participation in the 2020 census.
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With just under 100 days until Census Day, communities across Georgia are working to get the word out about the population count that happens every 10 years.

Billboards and digital advertisements hoping to encourage people to respond to the questionnaire will begin appearing throughout the state. A coalition of local government leaders in Middle Georgia are working together in hopes of increasing participation.

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On Monday's Political Rewind, the General Assembly has begun its 2020 session. Major themes are likely to include significant budget cuts and the legalization of gambling.

In addition, legislators will be keeping the upcoming election in mind throughout the session's deliberations.


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Friday on Political Rewind, Georgia legislators are set to take up residence at the state Capitol once again next week. The 2020 session of the General Assembly gets under way on Monday.

Our panel discusses what you can expect from the legislature.


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Today on Political Rewind, Iran and the stalemate over an impeachment trial dominate national news today. As always, we’ll look at those stories through a Georgia lens.

But first, state news. Two years ago, Democrat Carolyn Bordeaux came within 500 votes of beating GOP incumbent Congressman Rob Woodall in the 7th District race. Why are some top Democratic leaders now switching their allegiance from Bordeaux to a Democrat taking her first shot at the seat?


There’s a new report from the federal government that has some surprising data about last fall’s election.

According to the latest Election Administration and Voting Survey, Georgia led the nation in automated voter registration and accepted a higher percentage of absentee and provisional ballots than previous years.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office says that’s proof that voter suppression does not exist in Georgia, but those numbers are only part of the story.

Political reporter Stephen Fowler joined GPB’s Rickey Bevington in the studio to explain.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, allegations presented by Rep. Erica Thomas, as the victim of a racist taunt in a Cobb County supermarket, now appear to have unfolded differently than she described. What do the furiously partisan responses to the story tell us about the current political climate?


Consuming political news is like drinking from a firehose. Each day presents a new tweet, a new storyline and a new debate to process. It can be exhausting, and often national conversations obscure important topics like Americans’ fundamental right to vote. 

On Second Thought wants to shift the paradigm, so GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler is presenting listeners with a segment called “Slow Democracy.” Like the slow food movement, it looks at the sources, alterations and underpinnings of participatory democracy.


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Early voting starts Monday for Gwinnett County residents and others living in Atlanta’s District 3.


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Two voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday pushing for election reform across Georgia.


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More than a week after Election Day, the drama over Georgia's gubernatorial race is mounting. Police arrested demonstrators Tuesday at the state Capitol, insisting that every vote be counted before election certification. A federal judge has delayed the deadline for certifying results until Friday.

Notably, news organizations have not yet called the race, though at last count Kemp maintained a comfortable lead. Abrams would need about 17,000 votes to force a runoff. Some wins that were projected by the Associated Press on election night, such as the Florida governor's race, are now in the middle of a recount. 

That made us wonder: With such high stakes and razor-thin margins, why do networks and news organizations declare results before all votes are counted? 

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Georgia is one of the most-watched states nationwide for the 2018 midterm elections. The state has already hit record early voting numbers, and overall turnout is expected to be historic. GPB reporters traveled across the state to talk to voters about why they chose to go to the polls. 


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Nearly 2.1 million Georgians have cast ballots during early voting. The previous early voting turnout record in a midterm election was 945,507, officials said.

 

Polls show the governor’s race is tight, and a third-party candidate could get enough votes to force a runoff. 

 

GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been covering the election. He spoke with Rickey Bevington to talk about what could happen the day after the election.  

 


 

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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.

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


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On this edition of Political Rewind, candidates for governor in Georgia continue to break campaign finance records. Reports show that Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have collected more than $20 million in campaign contributions just this summer. With less than a month until Election Day, how will the candidates spend their cash?


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On a recent sunny Monday, joggers on their morning stroll in Fayetteville's McCurry Park  might have been surprised to hear thumps, clicks and whirrs coming from the elections trailer next to the parking lot.

Over the course of several days, that trailer 20 miles south of Atlanta was where officials tested close to 300 voting machines to ensure they operated smoothly and accurately. Those machines would go out to 36 precincts across the county for the Nov. 6 midterm election.


Left, Brian Kemp poses with supporters in Middle Georgia. RIght, Stacey Abrams poses with singer-songwriter John Legend
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's Hollywood versus Hawkinsville on the campaign trail. Democrat Stacey Abrams hopes support from celebrity names will energize young voters while Republican candidate Brian Kemp looks for votes closer to home during his rural county bus tour. Which strategy will prevail? 

The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. What impact will the bitter fight over the nomination process have on the midterm elections?

Panelists:

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been the city’s most lucrative asset. But will scandals and security issues further prompt the state legislatures attempt to take control of the world’s busiest airport?

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If you know Lindsay Holliday, you know he’s serious about his politics.

Holliday, who most people in Macon know as “Doc,” was once a fixture at Macon City Council meetings where he made good use of the public comment periods. He has run for office. To call him politically active is an understatement.

“I'm an activist. I'm definitely an activist and I'm ready to get active about this,” he said during a recent break at his Macon dentistry practice.

By this, Holliday meant the letter he got in the mail about a week after the second round of Georgia primary voting this year.


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Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams kicked off a statewide tour Thursday in Coastal Georgia. She started the tour at an ironworkers apprentice workshop in Pooler, where she announced a plan to create 22,000 apprenticeships in Georgia by 2022.

Abrams also announced initiatives to help small businesses, military veterans and young people who are entering the workforce.  She said she wants rural communities to attract new jobs throughout the state.


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Savannah-Chatham School Board elections are less than two weeks away, on May 22, 2018. Several candidates are running for the first time. We spoke with The Savannah Morning News executive editor Susan Catron, who says this is the first time some incumbents are facing challengers.

Click the link below to hear more of my conversation with Catron including talk of the budget City Council passed yesterday, this week’s gang bust and a preview of a story from this weekend’s paper.

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Georgia Democrats are hoping 2018 is the year Gwinnett County finally turns blue.  Five Republican lawmakers are either retiring or running for other offices. Democrats are working hard to mobilize voters ahead of the May 22 primary and keep them energized into November.

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The ransomware attack that crippled Atlanta a few weeks ago isn't the only high-profile cyberattack Georgia has faced in recent years.

Two years ago, a security researcher gained unauthorized access to a server used by Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Systems, which stores the data of millions of Georgia voters.

At the time, the data breach wasn't illegal under Georgia law —  but a new bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature could change that. 

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Georgia’s Secretary of State is in charge of its voting system. And it’s an elected office. So the person who oversees fair elections, also runs as a candidate. Is this an inherent conflict of interest? 

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Georgia will partially comply with a request for voter data made by President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission. The commission recently asked all 50 states for everything from party affiliation to Social Security numbers for registered voters.

 Candice Broce is spokeswoman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp. She says Georgia can’t share party affiliation, because the state doesn’t record it.

 

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