Election Center 2020

There a number of local, state and federal races this year that voters will decide on.

The Road to 2020: SWGA

  3 candidates vying for Congressional District 2 seat

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the Georgia primary election. This election will determine party nominees.

  District 153 State Representative, CaMia Hopson, speaks about upcoming election

CaMia Hopson is hoping to be re-elected for a second term as state representative for the District 153 seat.

  District 153 candidate Henry Mathis Jr. share campaign platform

Henry Mathis said he is really looking forward to supporting criminal justice reforms.

WATCH LIVE: Secretary of State to hold press conference on June 9 elections

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will hold a press conference to discuss the latest on election efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now

Georgia’s chief election official is urging residents to send in their absentee ballots now instead of waiting.

Ga. Secretary of State encourages use of absentee ballots after COVID-19 causes election office closures

Appling County Board of Elections had to close its office after a person who came to cast their ballot tested positive for COVID-19.

Fed judge rules Florida can’t stop poor felons from voting

A federal judge has ruled that Florida law can’t stop felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees, court costs and restitution.

Election Center 2020

There a number of local, state and federal races this year that voters will decide on.

  Early voting begins in Lowndes Co.

Officials say they’ve had a steady flow of voters on the first day. But they are facing a big problem this year compared to the past voting seasons. The lack of volunteers and poll workers has been an issue.

Ga. lawmakers pushing for hate crime law

A few Georgia lawmakers are pushing for hate crime legislation in the state in response to Ahmaud Arbery’s death.

Group says wrong date on Georgia mail ballots sow confusion

A voting rights advocacy group in Georgia wants the primary election pushed back again because the old election date is on absentee ballots which could be confusing to voters.

Ga. Sec. of State answers questions on absentee voting

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is holding a press conference on absentee voting.

Congressman Sanford Bishop speaks on reopening the economy

Bishop said he understands the desire to get back to normal, but urges caution.

Georgia election board approves ballot drop boxes for June

Georgia’s state election board has approved allowing counties to establish absentee ballot drop boxes for the state’s June primary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Dougherty Co. officials want to make sure your voice is heard during June elections

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said her office and state officials are working together to encourage Georgia voters to take part in the June election.

The Road to 2020: National

  ‘Get your knee off our necks!’: Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

From coast to coast, and from Paris and London to Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, his death has set off turbulent and sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality, racism and inequality.

  Exclusive: Party chairs address the battle over RNC convention site

In an exclusive interview, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro the RNC is not dropping Charlotte as their 2020 convention site.

Google: State-based hackers targeted Trump, Biden campaigns

Google said state-based hackers have targeted the campaigns of both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, although it saw no evidence that the phishing attempts were successful.

ACLU sues over police force on protesters near White House

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Trump administration, alleging officials violated the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed from a park near the White House by police using chemical agents before President Donald Trump walked to a nearby church to take a photo.

Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision

Many immigrants are feeling anxious as they wait to hear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will allow President Donald Trump to end the program that shields them from deportation.

  Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Both Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are also drawing stinging, rare public criticism from Trump's first defense secretary, Jim Mattis.

GOP’s Murkowski says she’s struggling with supporting Trump

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski acknowledged Thursday that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the coronavirus and race crises shaking the United States.

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran as part of deal

U.S. officials said Thursday that U.S. Navy veteran Michael White has been freed by Iran and departed the country on a Swiss government aircraft.

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday.

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

The legislation was approved over the opposition of pro-democracy lawmakers, who see it as an infringement on freedom of expression and the greater rights that residents of the semi-autonomous city have compared to mainland China.

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Ex-defense chief Mattis rips Trump for dividing Americans

Trump responded on Twitter Wednesday evening by calling Mattis “the world’s most overrated General.”

Trump administration moves to block Chinese airlines from US

The Trump administration moved Wednesday to block Chinese airlines from flying to the U.S. in an escalation of trade and travel tensions between the two countries.

  Prosecutors charge 3 more officers in Floyd’s death; curfews credited for calmer protests

The calmer night came as many cities intensified their curfews, with authorities in New York and Washington ordering people off streets while it was still daylight.

Rosenstein says he wouldn’t approve Russia warrant now

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not have approved an FBI surveillance application for a former Trump campaign aide during the Russia investigation had he known at the time about the problems that have since been revealed.

  Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of the Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty military forces for law enforcement duties in containing street protests.

Ousted State watchdog confirms investigations into Pompeo

The investigation is part of a larger effort by Democrats and some Republicans to find out more about Trump's recent moves to sideline several independent government watchdogs.

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that’s been a central part of Washington’s response to the corresponding economic crisis.

  Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

Obama called for turning the protests over Floyd’s death into policy change to ensure safer policing and increased trust between communities and law enforcement.

  Army: Esper reverses plan to send active-duty troops home

In an abrupt reversal, Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday overturned an earlier Pentagon decision to send a couple hundred active-duty soldiers home from the Washington, D.C., region, amid growing tensions with the White House over the military response to the protests.

  Cop in Floyd death got medals for valor and drew complaints

Widely seen bystander video showing Floyd’s May 25 death has sparked protests nationwide and around the world.

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

The epic damage to America’s job market from the viral outbreak will come into sharper focus Friday when the government releases the May employment report. Eight million more jobs are estimated to have been lost.

Police shove, make AP journalists stop covering protest

The video shows more than a half-dozen officers confronting the journalists as they filmed and took photographs of police ordering protesters to leave the area.

  Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence.

Biden moves closer to formally winning Democratic nomination

Voters across America were forced to navigate curfews, health concerns and National Guard troops after election officials dramatically reduced the number of in-person voting sites to minimize the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Iowa voters oust Rep. King, shunned for white nationalism remarks

The challengers argued that King's loss of clout, even more than the continuous string of provocative and racially-charged statements over his career, was reason enough for turning on him.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Democrats say Justice Department whistleblowers to testify

House Democrats say they will hear testimony from Justice Department whistleblowers and attempt to slash the agency’s budget.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on cities.