Georgia Secretary of State

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during an election commisison meeting in Macon. On Wednesday, Raffensperger annonuced Georgia will hold its presidential primary on March 24, 2020.
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When Brad Raffensperger is sworn in as secretary of state Jan. 14, he will assume control of an office that’s been accused of suppressing minority votes in the past, he'll be a party to several lawsuits in the present and he will oversee changing Georgia’s voting system in the future.

The Johns Creek Republican has been working to transition into the role since his Dec. 4 runoff victory against Democrat John Barrow, and says he has been working with many different people to make sure he is prepared for the job.

Left Republican Brad Raffensperger won the runoff race for Secretary of State. Right Republican Incumbent Chuck Eaton retained his seaton on the Public Service Commission.
Brad Raffensperger Campaign, Georgia Public Service Commission

On this edition of Political Rewind, voting has ended for the 2018 runoffs and Republicans have declared victory in the secretary of state and Public Service Commissioner races. 


The deadline to register to vote in Georgia is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
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12:21 p.m. Republican Brad Raffensperger will be Georgia's next secretary of state and Republican Chuck Eaton will be serving another term on the Public Service Commission. 

Democrat John Barrow, the party's nominee for secretary of state, sent an email to supporters Wednesday thanking them. "Though the outcome was not what we had wanted, what we're working for is more important than ever: elections that are as fair and as accurate as they are secure," Barrow wrote. 

Democrat Lindy Miller, the party's nominee for Public Service Commission, District 3, made her concession at a noon press conference, mentioning the increased attention the race for Districts 3 and 5 brought to the regulatory body. "Traditionally, the Public Service Commission flies under the radar," Miller said. "In the last 18 months, we have changed that."  

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Early voting has begun across Georgia and continues through Friday.

Whether you voted in the Midterm Elections or not, registered voters are eligible to vote in the Dec. 4 runoff for the office of secretary of state and the District 3 seat for the Public Safety Commission.

People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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UPDATED Nov. 8: A runoff for secretary of state has been called for Dec. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY: In the race to replace Brian Kemp as secretary of state, no candidate received enough votes to declare victory. As final votes continue to be counted, Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow appear to be headed for a runoff. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting results Raffensperger, a state representative, leads Barrow by just over 28,000 votes. The lead is not enough, however, to put Raffensperger over the top.

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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.