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Black Voters Ordered off Bus; Georgia County Defends Action

47 minutes ago

A group that encourages African-Americans to vote says about 40 black residents of a senior living center in Georgia were told to get off a bus taking them to vote.

Officials with Jefferson County, which operates the senior center, say the county considered Monday's event "political activity," which isn't allowed during county-sponsored events.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia. Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are running for governor.

Georgia Officials Sued Over Rejected Absentee Ballots

6 hours ago

Voting rights groups say officials in one of Georgia's most diverse counties are improperly rejecting absentee ballots cast in the state's nationally watched governor's race.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 390 absentee ballots have been rejected in Gwinnett County — one-third of the number rejected across the state.

Voting rights groups this week filed two separate lawsuits against Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Gwinnett County elections board, calling for the rejections to be reviewed.

Ex-Equifax Manager Gets Home Confinement for Insider Trading

21 hours ago

A former Equifax manager was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight months home confinement for engaging in insider trading in the wake of the company's massive data breach last year.

Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, who worked as a software product development manager for the Atlanta-based credit-reporting agency, had pleaded guilty in July. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg also ordered Bonthu to pay a $50,000 fine, to serve 50 hours of community service and to forfeit the proceeds he gained from insider trading.

Claims of Voter Suppresion and 'Illegals' in Georgia

Oct 16, 2018
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A bitter political battle over access to the polls is consuming the final stretch of the hotly contested Georgia governor’s race.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee, says Democrat Stacey Abrams and liberal allies are fighting for immigrants without legal status to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Abrams’ campaign says that’s untrue and Kemp is deliberately twisting her words and her record. It says Kemp is trying to deflect from his own record of making it harder for citizens to vote.

Georgia High Court Won't Stop Vote on Creation of New City

Oct 16, 2018

Georgia's highest court has declined to stop a vote on whether a new city should be created from part of the existing city of Stockbridge.

The referendum on the ballot for November's midterm elections would create the city of Eagle's Landing from a part of Stockbridge combined with unincorporated parts of Henry County. The Georgia Supreme Court last week heard arguments in an appeal of a lower court ruling allowing the referendum to proceed.

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He went anyway — and is still there.

Last month, Atar received the U.N. Refugee Agency's Nansen Refugee Award, in recognition of his more than 20 years of providing medical care for displaced people and refugees amid the ongoing conflict in Sudan and South Sudan.

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