Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Governor Sonny Perdue is working to strengthen voting verification in the state. He wants to make sure people who register to vote are eligible and are who they say they are.
Voter registrars applaud his actions and say it's important to protect the integrity of our elections process.
Perdue has appointed a special attorney general to work with the Department of Justice to get preclearance for the bills. One would require proof of United States citizenship. The other, would cross check information with state or federal databases.
The office of elections in Dougherty County is quiet for now, but that won't be the case for long. Early voting for the July Primaries starts soon, and the elections year won't wrap up until November. And when the polls open, and people come in to vote, they'll need to make sure to have all their information in check.
Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said, "Just show your identify, say you are who you think you are, you're a citizen, you've got several different forms of ID you can use to prove that and that's it. I think it's good. It's a good check and balance system."
You already have to use a picture ID to vote, if the state gets approval for two election procedures, you'll have to provide some proof of who you are just to register to vote.
Nickerson said, "A lot of cases with the Department of Justice, they don't want to infringe on any particular individual and it's their job to make sure that across the board, everybody is treated equally."
Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says even when the law about voter Identification went into place, voters were not upset. "We've never had a situation to arise where anyone complained." And she thinks both of these procedures will allow voters to be treated equally, while maintaining the integrity of the elections system.
Any change in voting laws must be approved by the Department of Justice before they are implemented.
States are required to verify the information provided by first time voter registration applicants with information already on file in state or federal databases. Georgia remains the only state not currently complying with that process.