Midterm Election

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If one more political event occurs before the year’s end, 2018 may just burst at the seams.


Today on the show, we broke down complicated ballot amendment language, explored the history of gerrymandering and discussed domestic violence issues in Georgia.

There are seven ballot measures currently up for vote during Georgia's midterm elections. We spoke with GPB's Stephen Fowler and Zac Peskowitz, assistant professor of political science at Emory University, to learn the history behind these measures and decode their complicated language.

We also spoke with Charles S. Bullock III, professor of political science at University of Georgia, about gerrymandering and drawing district lines in Georgia. Bullock said Georgia's 13th district "looked like a dead cat on the expressway" when first drawn.


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Seven ballot measures are currently up for vote during Georgia's midterm elections. They cover everything from victims' rights to environmental conservation, but why are they so hard to understand?

We spoke with GPB's Stephen Fowler and Zac Peskowitz, assistant professor of political science at Emory University, to learn the history behind these measures and highlight a few on the ballot in Georgia.


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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. 

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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.  

 

 

 


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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.
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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?


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Voters in Clay, Grady, Randolph and Turner counties have been given an extension to register to vote due to Hurricane Michael.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday allowing citizens of those counties to submit voter registration applications through Oct. 16. 

Hurricane Michael caused the election offices in the affected four counties to be closed Tuesday, Oct. 9, which was the last day to register to vote in the state.  

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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.


With less than a month 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.

 


Singer-songwriter John Legend poses for a group photo with students at a Stacey Abrams campaign event.
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The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia is hoping that a little star power will provide the boost she needs to win in November. Stacey Abrams' campaign enlisted the help of singer-songwriter John Legend to speak to students in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The award-winning artist was invited by student-led college groups to encourage young adults to register to vote and to support the Democratic candidates on the ticket.

Legend spoke to enthusiastic crowds at college campuses throughout the day ahead of a sold-out private fundraising event Tuesday evening.

Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
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Georgians are divided and somewhat more in favor of Brett Kavanaughs' Supreme Court nomination than those who oppose it, after hearing from both Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  A new poll done by Landmark Communications shows that Georgians currently support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme court by a margin of 49 percent to 43 percent.