Politics

Over 1 million Ga. votes received by the state, so far

Georgia voters have already cast 1,033,585 ballots. Of those, 810,024 were absentee by mail ballots, nearly 80 percent of the ballots cast so far.

  District 153 candidate Henry Mathis Jr. share campaign platform

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

RNC sends letter detailing safety conditions for 2020 convention, wants response from NC governor by June 3

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

Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now

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  Early voting begins in Lowndes Co.

Ga. lawmakers pushing for hate crime law

Group says wrong date on Georgia mail ballots sow confusion

Senator Kelly Loeffler advocating for Georgia’s farmers

Georgia Senate signals June likely for legislative restart

Ga. Sec. of State answers questions on absentee voting

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

For a generation, mid-April has delivered some of American life’s most difficult moments. Traumatic anniversaries of the past 27 years are rolling by as Americans experience one of the most disruptive moments in their history: the coronavirus, and the effort to contain it.

Congressman Sanford Bishop speaks on reopening the economy

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

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

Ivanka Trump traveled with her family from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover despite coronavirus guidelines discouraging discretionary travel, which she's encouraged others to follow.

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

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Ga. primary election postponed to June

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

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  State: Vote absentee to avoid COVID-19 dangers

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

  Voters weigh in, elect new Ga. District 13 senator

After heading into a runoff, a new Georgia District 13 senator has been elected.

  Business owner Michael Revell hopes to bring change to Leesburg as next mayor

“Being involved in the community. I went to a board meeting and saw our council meeting and saw how that was set up and wasn’t impressed and thought instead of complaining about that what can I do to be a part of the solution? And so that’s where we’re at now.”

  Former Leesburg councilman Billy Breeden vying for mayor’s seat

“We’ve been putting out signs and haven’t quite started knocking on doors yet but we’ve been putting out and calling people we know and asking them can we put a sign in their yard.”

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

  Tabulation audit done on votes for Ga. Senate District 13 race

A tabulation audit was done Monday on votes for the State Senate District 13 race.

Ga. senators propose bill to add daylight saving referendum to General Election ballot

Georgia senators have introduced a bill that would allow state residents to voice their opinion on ending time changes in the state.

  Ga. District 13 Senate race heads to runoff

A special election race for a Southwest Georgia Senate district will be heading to a runoff after Tuesday’s votes were counted.

  New voting machines to help with voter security

If you voted in the Georgia Senate District 13 special election Tuesday, you used the brand new voting machines.

  Dougherty Co. to demonstrate new voting equipment

The Dougherty County Voter Registration and Elections office will have an informational session and demonstration of the new voting equipment.

  New bill could limit counties’ control over building codes

Georgia Legislators proposed a bill that could limit local government’s control over their structures.

Georgia’s Collins to challenge newly sworn-in GOP senator

He said “we’re ready for a good time down here to keep defending this president.”

  Votes are in and a new District 171 Ga. House representative has been elected

Results are in for the District 171 Georgia House of Representatives seat after Rep. Jay Powell passed away in late November during a legislative retreat.

  Ga. secretary of state visits Camilla on final day of District 171 voting

Raffensperger said being in Camilla on Tuesday was bittersweet.

Sen. David Perdue names state leadership team for campaign re-election

“Georgians sent me to the Senate to tackle tough challenges and find solutions," Perdue said.

GA lawmakers looking at upcoming state budget

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave his report on the amended fiscal year 2020 budget and the 2021 budget to state leaders last week, touting the state's record low unemployment, above-average increases in personal income and job growth.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

  Mary Egler, only Democratic candidate, running for Ga. Senate seat

“Basically, I would have to find out what are the top main issues in each county and meet with the people and discuss them and get to know what’s going on."

Swearing-in ceremony set for newly elected Albany officials

The City of Albany will host a swearing-in ceremony on Monday, January 13 at 6 p.m. during the city commission's organizational meeting.

Special election set for Senate District 13 seat

The special election is set for Feb. 4.

  Former Sylvester mayor takes oath of office for Ga. House seat

Yearta is now the new House Representative for Georgia District 152. He said it was special being sworn in on Christmas Eve.

  Valdosta mayor prepares to finish term

The Mayor of Valdosta is preparing for his departure in January.

  Teacher of almost 30 years runs for mayor of Sylvester

Sylvester native and educator for nearly 30 years, Johnny Blake, is running for mayor.

  Former Sylvester councilman runs for mayor

The former Sylvester Ward 3 councilman and current mayor pro-tem, Charles Jones, is running for mayor of Sylvester.

Special election set for District 171 seat

The special election will be Jan. 28 for the district, which includes parts of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties. A run-off, if needed, will be Feb. 25.

Children of wartime veterans scramble to repay money after state makes last-minute cut to scholarship

Children of wartime veterans—including children whose parents have been killed or injured in combat—are scrambling to adjust to major cuts to a promised state-funded scholarship weeks before the semester is set to end.

Blakely elects first black mayor

Travis Wimbush made city history by becoming the first black elected mayor of Blakely, but that's not his focal point.

  Valdosta still waiting for answers in mayoral race

The entire City of Valdosta is anxiously waiting to see who will be officially named the next mayor.

  Big plans in the works for new Albany Ward 6 commissioner

A newly elected Albany city commissioner said he has big plans for his ward.

  What voters had to say about the Albany mayoral race results

Albany voters are still reacting after a big mayoral election upset during Tuesday night’s runoff.

  ‘Certainly, thank my supporters’: Not all Worth Co. residents pleased at Yearta’s District 152 win

People in Worth County have mixed opinions about Bill Yearta’s big win Tuesday night.

Ga. officials release statements on Kemp’s senator appointment

A number of Georgia officials have released statements on Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment of Kelly Loeffler to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s Senate seat.

  Unofficial results: Bo Dorough claims Albany mayor’s seat

Residents Albany have elected their mayor for the next four years.

  Unofficial results: Bill Yearta claims District 152 seat

The unofficial results are in for the District 152 race.

  Worth Co. early voting numbers are in for the District 152 runoff elections

The numbers are in and we’re getting one step closer to finding out who will be the elected representative for the District 152 seat.

Blakely mayoral candidates debate in political forum

The City of Blakely is less than two weeks away from a run-off election for mayor.

LIST: Dec. election runoffs, early voting times

There are a number of runoff elections in the WALB viewing area.

  22 percent of Dougherty Co. voters turnout in special election

A total of 22 percent of voters participated in the Nov. 5 elections in Dougherty County.

  Hubbard, Dorough faceoff in Albany mayoral debate

It was a faceoff Monday between the candidates for one Southwest Georgia city’s top seat.

  Qualifying date approved for Sylvester mayoral seat

Sylvest City Council members approved a date for qualifying elections for the open Sylvester mayoral seat.

  Lowndes Co. early voting starts in Valdosta races

Early voting has begun for the two runoff elections in Lowndes County.

Early voting in some Dec. runoff elections underway

You can vote early until Nov. 27.

  Valdosta mayoral race goes to runoff

While most campaign signs for most of the qualifying candidates are still up, the mayoral race is coming down to competitors J.D. Rice and Scott James Matheson.

  M. Jay Hall unseats Tifton city councilman

M. Jay Hall was just a Tifton resident and executive director for Mim’s Kids just last week. Now, he is the Friendly City’s newest city councilman for District 4.

  Candidates in District 152 race gear up for runoff

Two powerhouses from Lee and Worth counties will face off for the House of Representatives District 152 seat.

Marietta concedes in Ward 4 race

The margin was only 20 votes.

Unofficial results could mean runoffs in Albany City Commission races

The unofficial results are in for the Albany City Commission races.

Runoff declared in District 152 race

Jim Quinn and Bill Yearta will be in the runoff.

Lee Co. voters urge you to get out and vote

Thousands of people are taking to the polls to ensure their voice is heard.

2nd Georgia county reports voter check-in glitch

A second Georgia county is keeping polls open late because of a glitch with new equipment used to check voters’ registration.

  Alcohol proposals on ballot in Lee Co.

Lee County residents could soon buy beer and wine on Sunday.

  Early voting numbers in for Lee, Worth counties

One of the biggest election races on Election Day will be in Worth, Sumter and Lee counties.

  284 early voters hit the polls in Bainbridge

Election staff say there are just over 7,000 voters that are eligible to vote in the city's election.

  Albany Mayor Candidate: Bo Dorough shares his campaign for Albany mayor ahead of election

Seven candidates are running for the Albany mayor seat. A Cordele native, Albany Mayoral Candidate Bo Dorough isn't a stranger to city commission politics.

  Albany mayor candidate: Omar Salaam shares campaign ahead of Albany’s mayoral election

Salaam said to reduce the amount of crime in the city people need resources.

  Tifton City Council candidate aims to preserve and grow history of the city

The race for the Tifton City Council District 4 seat is in the final stages and M. Jay Hall is one of the two candidates vying for the position.

  5 of 7 candidates show up for Albany’s 2019 mayoral forum

A big topic Monday night for residents at Albany’s mayoral forum was utility bills.