Category Archives: voting

Georgia Approves New E-Voting Regime, but will Paper Record be Utilized?

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph by Gloria Tatum.   (APN) ATLANTA — On April 02, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 316, a new law to require the State of Georgia to purchase new electronic voting equipment for Georgia elections.     The law attempts to address some of the concerns raised by elections integrity activists in […]

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SOS Investigating Senior Vote-Buying in Atlanta Election

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Secretary of State of Georgia is investigating apparent vote-buying at two senior highrises in Atlanta’s City Council District 3, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Tess Hammock, a spokeswoman for Secretary Brad Raffensperger, confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but said she could provide no further details at this time until the investigation is complete.   APN […]

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Democrats’ HR 1 is Bold Vision for Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 08, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act of 2019, a proposed law that sets forth a comprehensive vision for improving democracy in the U.S.   HR 1 addresses myriad issues, including voting rights, campaign finance and spending reform, and election integrity and security.   The final vote […]

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Antonio Brown Attacks Clay, as District 3 Results Challenged in Court

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(APN) ATLANTA — Antonio Brown, a candidate for the Atlanta City Council District 3 position who came in second place, attacked Greg Clay, the third place finisher, for challenging the election results, in an interview with the Neighbor Newspapers.   Greg Clay and District 3 voter Mark Anthony Boyd filed the election challenge in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, […]

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Council Candidate, Amos, Fueled by Developers, Airport Dollars

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Photograph of Byron Amos from Amos’s Facebook page, pursuant to fair use doctrine.   (APN) ATLANTA — Candidate for Atlanta City Council, Byron Amos–who said at a recent forum that he accepted money from developer Steve Brock–appears to be have been fueled by developer interests and airport concessionaires throughout his political career.   A review by Atlanta Progressive News of […]

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Fulton Court Restores APN Editor’s Name to Ballot, Overruling City of Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, February 22, 2019, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe ruled that the City of Atlanta was “arbitrary and capricious” in its decision early last week to remove candidate Matthew Charles Cardinale from the ballot in the March 19, 2019 Special Election.   The City of Atlanta and Fulton County worked together beginning late […]

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City of Atlanta Drags Feet on Illegal Yard Signs Littering District 3 (UPDATE 3)

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UPDATE 3: A City of Atlanta vehicle was spotted on Anderson along with a city worker picking up illegal yard signs.   UPDATE 2: Interim Commission Pierre Johnson has said the City’s SWEET Team (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Team) will be inspecting and removing any illegal yards.   UPDATE 1: The City of Atlanta City Attorney Nina Hickson writes, […]

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SAFE Commission Seeks New E-voting Machines, Experts Warn against Model Selected

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  (APN) ATLANTA — On January 10, 2019, the Secure, Accessible & Fair Election (SAFE) Commission–created by then-Secretary of State (SOS), Brian Kemp–issued its recommendations, including a recommendation that Georgia move to a new E-voting system that includes a paper trail of persons’ votes that could be used in a recount.   http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/SAFE_Commission_Report_FINAL_(1-10-18).pdf   The SAFE Commission is made up […]

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Crowded Race in Atlanta Council District 3 Special Election

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Screenshot of candidates’ forum video courtesy of Kelly Brown.   (APN) ATLANTA — Ten candidates–including the News Editor of Atlanta Progressive News–have filed declarations of intent to run in the March 19, 2019 Special Election for the Atlanta City Council District 3 seat.   So far, three candidates–APN News Editor Matthew Charles Cardinale, Greg Clay, and Mrs. Shalise Steele-Young–have qualified. […]

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Gun Reform Advocates Propel McBath to Victory in U.S. House Race

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  (APN) ATLANTA — U.S. Rep.-elect Lucy McBath (D-GA), a national advocate for gun reform whose son was tragically murdered in 2012, was elected to the U.S. House seat for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District on November 06, 2018.   Her victory was made possible with the help of gun control advocates across the country and a changing Sixth District disgusted […]

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Kemp Faces Voter Purge Lawsuits in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp is currently facing at least two lawsuits related to his voter purging practices in the lead-up to the November 2018 General Election.   In 2017, Kemp found a way to purge another half a million voters from the voter rolls, continuing his practice of purging eligible voters from the voter rolls […]

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Federal Judge Denies E-Vote Injunction in Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, September 17, 2018, U. S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have mandated paper ballots for Georgia’s November 06, 2018 General Election in the Curling v. Kemp lawsuit.   Georgia voters will therefore continue to use touchscreen electronic voting machines for what election integrity advocates hope will be […]

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Gwinnett Voters to Consider MARTA Referendum in March 2019

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 02, 2018, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to create a ballot referendum that will take place on March 19, 2019, for Gwinnett County citizens to consider whether to approve a one cent sales tax that would fund the expansion of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) into Gwinnett County.       […]

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Reality Winner of Augusta, Whistleblower, Sentenced under Espionage Act

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Photograph from Reality Winner’s personal Facebook page; used pursuant to fair use doctrine for educational purposes.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Reality Leigh Winner, 26, a brave whistleblower who warned the U.S. citizenry of Russian espionage related to state election systems, was sentenced to five years in prison under the Espionage Act.   On June 26, 2018, […]

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Russians Targeted Georgia County Servers, Mueller Indictment Reveals, but KSU Destroyed the Evidence (UPDATE 2)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Two county servers in Georgia were targeted by two Russian military officers, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev and Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, it was recently revealed in a July 13, 2018 indictment of twelve Russian hackers by U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller.   Here is a link to the Mueller indictment. https://d3i6fh83elv35t.cloudfront.net/static/2018/07/Muellerindictment.pdf   Russians accessed the websites of […]

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