Voter registration deadline for August runoffs set for July 13

Georgia voters who did not participate in the June 9 Primary Elections still have time to register for the upcoming runoffs. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent a memo to all county elections officials and county registrars earlier this week announcing the updated registration deadline of July 13 for the August 11 primary runoff elections.

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Fulton Co. sheriff candidate Labat calls for new leadership

“Citizens are demanding change and the voters of Fulton County are no exception,” says Patrick Labat, who is challenging incumbent Sheriff Ted Jackson in the Democratic Party’s sheriff’s runoff election on August 11. Political observers believe Jackson is in trouble with Labat getting enough votes in the June 9 primary to force a runoff— a primary which also featured another anti-Jackson candidate who came in third place).

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Georgia small businesses urge Kemp to Protect E-Commerce Tools

Small business leaders across Georgia recently joined with a number of community leaders throughout the state in sending a letter calling on Governor Brian Kemp and other state policymakers to preserve access to business-critical digital tools and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and the long recovery period that lies ahead.

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Senators extend work of Freight and Logistics Commission

State Senators overwhelmingly agree that the work of the Georgia Commission on Freight & Logistics needs to continue. In one of their first votes in their return to the State Capitol Monday for the resumption of the 2020 Legislative Session, Senators unanimously approved HR 935 which extends the work of the commission through December 31, 2020.

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Watch the first Georgia Gang of July on YouTube!

The July 5th broadcast features panelists’ opinions about how Georgians & Gov. Brian Kemp are coping with the coronavirus while the state is partially reopening, and what could happen next if there are more cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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2020 Primary Election Breakdown

We are in unusual times. The country is in the midst of a global pandemic causing public health concerns arguably not seen since the 1918 Spanish Flu. These concerns necessitated considerable election administration adjustments to the June 2020 primary, including absentee ballot applications being sent to every voter, polling locations being consolidated, and many poll workers not working on election day. Georgia also adopted a new electronic voting system that was rolled out for the first time on a large scale in the June 2020 primary.

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Lottery comes up big

Securing funding has become a bit of an issue in Georgia this year, but the Georgia Lottery is doing more than its fair share to ensure that the state’s education programs keep humming.  The lottery announced this week that it had transferred more than $1.2 billion in profits from the fiscal year that ended June 30 to education, a record in the program’s 27-year history.  That money goes towards the HOPE Scholarship and prekindergarten programs, with lottery retailers and online playing remaining popular even as coronvirus shut down much of the state in March.  More than 3.5 million Georgia students have directly benefited from the Georgia Lottery – and its continued success has the state RISING…

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