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  • Redistricting review: Georgia, Maryland, and Michigan hold public redistricting hearings

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    Redistricting authorities in at least three states held hearings about their respective redistricting processes in the past week. Here’s a roundup. Georgia: Last week, Georgia lawmakers announced a schedule for public redistricting hearings, the first of which took place virtually on June 15. Ten more public hearings are scheduled, with the next taking place in…

  • Two Georgia state legislative special elections advance to July 13 runoffs

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    A special general election was held for Georgia House of Representatives Districts 34 and 156 on June 15. In District 34, Priscilla Smith (D) and Devan Seabaugh (R) advanced to the general runoff and defeated Sam Hensley Jr. (D), David Blinkhorn (R), and Chris Neill (L). In District 156, Leesa Hagan (R) and Wally Sapp…

  • Special elections to be held in two Georgia legislative districts on June 15

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    Special elections are being held on June 15 to fill vacant seats in Districts 34 and 156 in the Georgia House of Representatives. If no candidate earns a majority of the vote in the special election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a general runoff election. The runoff, if necessary, will be held on…

  • Eight candidates file to run in two Georgia state House special elections

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    Candidates interested in running in the special elections for Georgia House of Representatives Districts 34 and 156 had until May 7 to file. The general election in both districts is scheduled for June 15. If no candidate earns a majority of the vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a…

  • Bert Reeves resigns from Georgia House

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    Georgia State Representative Bert Reeves (R) resigned from the state’s General Assembly on April 30 to take a new role at Georgia Tech. He represented District 34 from 2015 to 2021.  Reeves will serve as the school’s vice president for institute relations, working on government and community relations and economic development. Reeves graduated from Georgia…

  • Georgia legislature sends two measures to the 2022 ballot during its 2021 session

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    The Georgia State Legislature adjourned its 2021 legislative session on April 1, 2021. The legislature passed two measures requiring voter approval at the general election in 2022: a constitutional amendment to suspend compensation for certain public officials while they are suspended from office due to a felony indictment and a measure to expand a property…

  • Georgia to vote in 2022 on suspending pay for assembly members or public officials indicted for felony

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    Voters in Georgia will decide in 2022 whether to amend the state constitution to suspend compensation for the following public officials while the individual is suspended from office due to a felony indictment: 1. any member of the General Assembly; 2. Governor; 3. Lieutenant Governor; 4. Secretary of State; 5. Attorney General; 6. State School…

  • Former Sen. David Perdue (Geo.) will not run for U.S. Senate in 2022

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    Former Sen. David Perdue (R), who lost to Jon Ossoff (D) in the January runoff election for Senate in Georgia, announced he will not run for the state’s other Senate seat in 2022. Raphael Warnock (D), who defeated incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R) in the special runoff election in January, currently holds the seat.  Georgia is…

  • Georgia Supreme Court chief justice announces 2021 retirement

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    Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton scheduled his retirement from the bench for July 1, 2021. Melton said he would begin his post-retirement planning following this announcement. Melton’s replacement will be Governor Brian Kemp’s (R) third nominee to the nine-member supreme court. Under Georgia law when an interim vacancy occurs, the seat is filled…

  • Analyzing Georgia runoff vote margins, turnout compared to prior years

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    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) certified the state’s Jan. 5 runoff election results on Jan. 19, and election winners Jon Ossoff (D) and Raphael Warnock (D) were sworn into the Senate on Jan. 20.  This was the third year Georgia has held a runoff election for U.S. Senate. The state also held Senate…