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Qualifying Begins This Week for South Fulton Special Election
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Qualifying Begins This Week for South Fulton Special Election

Qualifying for South Fulton's Municipal Special Election for District 7 begins Wednesday, Aug. 17. The election is being held to fill the unexpired term of former Councilmember Mark Baker who resigned to run for U.S. Congress. Qualifying runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 19. Potential candidates should contact the City Clerk for qualification materials via phone, email or by visiting City Hall, 5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd.The qualifying fee is $830.28. Acceptable forms of payment are certified check, money order or credit card. Under Georgia law, a candidate may file a pauper's affidavit in lieu of paying the required fee. A qualifying petition and pauper's affidavit are required. Additional information is available on the city's website. Have news to share wit...
Early Voting Begins Today, Six Sites Available in South Fulton
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Early Voting Begins Today, Six Sites Available in South Fulton

Early voting in Georgia for the May 24 Primary Election begins today. 30 polling sites are available in Fulton County. Residents will be able to vote from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily, including weekend voting on Saturdays and Sundays. Early voting will end on Friday, May 20.During early voting, absentee ballot drop boxes will be available at seven early voting locations, including Wolf Creek Library. Drop boxes are located inside early voting locations and are only accessible during early voting hours.  Among the high profile contests on the ballot include races for Georgia governor and U.S. senate. Gov. Brian Kemp faces Stacey Abrams again, among others. And Sen. Raphael Warnock is hard at work to hold on to his new seat. Former South Fulton City Councilmember Mark Baker w...
Fulton County Voters Usher in a Changing of the Guard
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Fulton County Voters Usher in a Changing of the Guard

In a historic Aug. 11 runoff election, Fulton County voters called for big changes in leadership. South Fulton resident Fani Willis successfully ousted longtime Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. With 90 precent of precincts reporting, she claimed a commanding lead with 73.42 percent of the vote. Addressing her supporters last night, she said that Fulton County voters have "spoken up for change in our District Attorney's office" and promised to deliver reform. "Once we have restored the integrity and credibility of the District Attorney's office, we will bring new, innovative and restorative justice programs to our county," she said. "Thank you to everyone who has entrusted me to fill this critically important role. I will not let you down." And Howard isn't the on...
Sen. Nikema Williams to Replace the Late John Lewis on Ballot in November
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Sen. Nikema Williams to Replace the Late John Lewis on Ballot in November

The Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) has selected Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams (D-39) to replace the late Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. The committee will submit Sen. Williams' name to the Secretary of State by no later than 4:00 p.m. today. DPG released a list of names earlier today of the individuals recommended by the executive committee to be the 5th District Democratic nominee. In addition to Williams, Park Cannon, Andre Dickens, Robert Franklin and James "Major" Woodall were also considered. After a nonbinding poll of 41 votes, Williams had 37 votes, Cannon had two votes, and Woodall had 1 vote, with one abstention. "We congratulate Nikema on this appointment, and look forward to working with her in this new capacity as we uphold and build on Congressman Le...
Early Voting in Fulton County to Begin Monday, July 20
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Early Voting in Fulton County to Begin Monday, July 20

Fulton County voters will be able to cast their ballots for the August 11 General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Election Runoff election starting Monday, July 20.  The fate of several incumbents hangs in the balance: State Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague (D-65) faces Mandisha Thomas; District Attorney Paul Howard is being challenged by Fani Willis; and Fulton County Sheriff Theodore "Ted" Jackson is battling Patrick "Pat" Labat. Additionally, Melynee Leftridge Harris and Tamika Hrobowski-Houston are vying to replace Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell, and political newcomers Franchesca Warren and Sandra C. Wright have their eyes set on the Fulton County School Board District 4 seat, as Linda Bryant prepares to retire. Voters will have 20 locations to choose fro...
Candidates and Voters Reset for Runoff on Aug. 11
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Candidates and Voters Reset for Runoff on Aug. 11

Editor's Note: Story developing While the results from Tuesday's election are still unofficial, the smoke is clearing and victors have begun to emerge. Some candidates will have to wait until the runoff on Aug. 11 to see if they'll secure a seat. And others are still awaiting their fate – and holding out hope – as ballots are still being counted. Congressional Seat Battles District 5 U.S. Congressman John Lewis secured his seat with 87 percent of the vote. He’ll face Republican Angela Stanton-King in November. District 13 U.S. Congressman David Scott has regained the lead in his race with 51 percent of the vote. If he's declared the victor and not pushed into a runoff with Keisha Waites once all votes are tallied, he'll face Republican Becky Hites in November. In the high ...
Unofficial Election Results Trickle in as Finger Pointing Begins
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Unofficial Election Results Trickle in as Finger Pointing Begins

Editor's Note: Click here for updated election results. After multiple blunders at polling sites across South Fulton, the entire metro Atlanta area, and throughout the state, unofficial election results are trickling in. For many of the races, voters will likely have to return to the polls on August 11 for a runoff. Congressional Seat Battles With 89.19 percent of precincts reporting, District 5 U.S. Congressman John Lewis secured his seat with 84.77 percent of the vote. He'll face Republican Angela Stanton-King in November. With 86.67 percent of precincts reporting, District 13 U.S. Congressman David Scott led with 44.80 percent of the vote, while Keisha Sean Waites followed with 34.80 percent, prompting a runoff. The winner of that race will face Republican Becky Hites in N...
Election Board Issues Statement on Early Voting Debacles as Election Day Brings More Challenges
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Election Board Issues Statement on Early Voting Debacles as Election Day Brings More Challenges

Early voting proved to be a challenge for the more than 30,000 people who participated. Voters stood in line for hours as Fulton County struggled to accommodate turnout while implementing social distancing guidelines. Others complained that they applied for absentee ballots but never received them. Board of Registration and Elections Chair Mary Carole Cooney and Director of Registration and Elections Richard L. Barron issued a statement yesterday to address voters' complaints about early voting. "This election cycle has brought an unprecedented number of challenges --- from date changes, changes in locations, the availability of poll workers, restrictions related to COVID, coronavirus infections among Department of Registration and Elections employees and more." "We have receive...
Wolf Creek Library Opens for Early Voting, Saturday Voting Available Tomorrow
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Wolf Creek Library Opens for Early Voting, Saturday Voting Available Tomorrow

Fulton County has expanded early voting, with additional expansion coming next week. The Wolf Creek Library is now open for early voting, from 7:00 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. The library is located at 3100 Enon Road. Fulton County early voting will expand further starting June 1. Two additional early voting locations will open next week at Roswell Library and College Park Library.  Roswell Library is located at 115 Norcross St, Roswell, GA 30075. College Park Library is located at 647 Main St, College Park, GA 30337. Early Voting Hours will also extend starting June 1, with voting hours extending until 7 p.m. at all locations. Early voting will continue through Friday, June 5 at all Fulton County early voting locations. Voting will be available on Saturday, May 30. Fulton C...

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