Voters head to the polls in historic midterms | 2022 Georgia election news

Atlanta News First’s comprehensive coverage of this fall’s historic midterm elections in Georgia
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 9:22 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2022 at 3:40 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Here are the latest headlines from Atlanta News First’s coverage of Georgia’s nationally watched 2022 midterm election.

Track the nation’s balance of political power in the 2022 midterms

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Georgia 2022 midterm elections: Full interactive results

Follow Georgia’s 2022 midterm election results here.

Republicans seek to keep control of Georgia state offices

Republicans are seeking to hold their majorities in Georgia’s legislature and maintain their lock on statewide offices as voting concludes Tuesday, even as Democrats compete heavily for governor and U.S. senator at the top of the ballot.

Warnock, Walker push for outright Senate victory in Georgia

Georgia voters are ready to settle one of the nation’s marquee midterm contests as they choose whether to reelect Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock to his first full term or replace him with Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

Poll workers removed in Johns Creek because of social media posts, according to officials

Two poll workers, a mother and son, were removed from the Johns Creek voting site shortly before polls opened this morning, according to Fulton County Interim Elections Director Nadine Williams.

Judge signs order extending deadline for Cobb County absentee voters who weren’t mailed ballots

A Cobb County judge held an emergency hearing Monday after more than one thousand absentee ballots we’re never mailed.

Visually-impaired Georgians prepare to hit the polls

Election day can be stressful but for someone who has a disability, it can be completely overwhelming. Organizations who work with people who are visually impaired, say election day can be so stressful, some people decide not to vote.

Youngest of voters double, chance to triple turnout at the polls in Georgia

Over 219,000 Georgia voters between the ages of 18 and 29 have cast their ballots before Election Day. Compare that to roughly 87,000 total voters in that age category in 2018 -- that’s more than double.

Feds sending election monitors to Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties

The U.S. Justice Department is sending election monitors to 24 states to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws in Tuesday’s elections.

Georgia ACLU files lawsuit for ballots to be sent to voters

A lawsuit was filed on Sunday by the ACLU of Georgia, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Dechert LLP that seeks emergency relief for hundreds of Cobb County absentee voters to have enough times to cast their votes, according to officials.

Gov. Brian Kemp makes final push for re-election with statewide campaign tour

Election Day is tomorrow and candidates are out making their final pitches to get votes. Gubernatorial incumbent Brian Kemp is going all over the state today to make convince hold-out voters to keep him in office.

Exclusive: Gov. Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams in final poll ahead of election, Senate race tied

The Landmark Communications poll was conducted exclusively for Atlanta News First/Peachtree TV.

What to watch in the high-stakes 2022 midterm elections

After months of primaries, campaign events and fundraising pleas, the midterm elections that will determine the balance of power in Washington and state capitals are finally here.

Gwinnett County officials seek extra poll workers for election day

If you’re looking for a different way to participate in the democratic process on Tuesday and get paid, Gwinnett County officials are in need of additional poll workers.

Georgia ACLU files lawsuit for ballots to be sent to voters

A lawsuit was filed on Sunday by the ACLU of Georgia, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Dechert LLP that seeks emergency relief for hundreds of Cobb County absentee voters to have enough times to cast their votes, according to officials.

Cobb County voters react to more than 1K absentee ballots never mailed

Cobb County voters are reacting to more than 1,000 absentee ballots not being mailed.

Georgia gubernatorial candidates hit the campaign trail ahead of election

Kemp has several more events leading up to election day, including a rally in Cobb County on Monday. The Abrams campaign is laser focused on organizing its volunteers. Several groups will be door-knocking now through Tuesday.

More than 1K absentee ballots never mailed to Cobb County voters, officials say

Elections and Registrations Director Janine Eveler attributed the situation to human error, with new staff not following procedures on two days to ensure ballots were mailed.

In ‘Black Man Lab,’ Black men gather, rally to vote ahead of Election Day

On Friday, roughly one hundred Black men gathered in South Fulton to address the latest issues facing their community.

Georgia election officials prep poll workers for election day

We’re just four days from the midterms and election officials are expecting high turnout.

Another Democrat breaks with party, endorses GOP Gov. Brian Kemp for re-election

Former U.S. Rep. Kwanza Hall has endorsed Brian Kemp for governor and Burt Jones for lieutenant governor.

Walker, Warnock remained tied in final hours ahead of historic Georgia Senate race

A runoff is looking more likely in a race that could determine the Senate’s balance of power.

More than 150K Georgians voted Thursday, largest turnout day this midterm

On Thursday, election officials reported the largest single-day turnout of Georgia voters since early-voting began two weeks ago.

Carter Center deploys nonpartisan observers to Fulton County to observe midterm election

The Carter Center is helping to ensure current and future elections are safe, secure, and run smoothly.

2 million voters have already turned out for Georgia 2022 midterms

Georgia’s historic 2022 midterms will be held Nov. 8

Abrams, Kemp blitz the state in the final week before election day

Pence backs GOP’s Kemp as Democrat Abrams hits on Medicaid

Former Vice President Mike Pence took the stage Tuesday in Georgia to reinforce the main thrusts of Gov. Brian Kemp’s case for reelection against Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, arguing that Kemp has been good for Georgia’s economy and Abrams is soft on crime.

U.S. Supreme Court clears way for Lindsey Graham testimony in Fulton County

Graham’s testimony is being sought by District Attorney Fani Willis in her investigation of possible illegal interference in the 2020 election by then-President Donald Trump.

Georgia on pace to cast 2 million votes as early voting enters final week

Early voting has already broken records in the state, and more turnout is on the way.

Abrams, Kemp clash in final debate before Election Day

With less than two weeks before Election Day, Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams squared off in one final debate on Sunday evening.

One in five active voters in Georgia have cast their ballot

Georgia continued breaking early voting records Friday morning, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Barack Obama in Atlanta on Friday for Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock

The former president is appearing at a campaign rally in College Park.

Barack Obama gets a midterm do-over to help boost Democrats

Barack Obama begins a hopscotch across battleground states Friday in Georgia, and he will travel Saturday to Michigan and Wisconsin, followed by stops next week in Nevada and Pennsylvania.

‘It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker:’ Chuck Schumer to President Biden

A hot mic caught the Senate Majority Leader telling the president, “the state where we’re going downhill is Georgia.”

New poll: Brian Kemp gaining strength while Stacey Abrams’ support in ‘holding pattern’

Georgia’s nationally watched governor’s race will be held Nov. 8.

Second woman accusing Herschel Walker of paying for abortion

Attorney Gloria Allred and her client, Jane Doe, accused Walker of paying for an April 1993 abortion.

Trump aide Mark Meadows ordered to testify in Fulton County election probe

DA Fani Willis opened the investigation last year into the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Raphael Warnock leading early votes, Herschel Walker has more election day support

Georgia’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race could determine the balance of political power in Washington, D.C.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp endorsed by Democratic predecessor

Former Gov. Joe Frank Harris has endorsed Brian Kemp in his re-election bid, breaking with his party’s support of Stacey Abrams.

Know Before You Go: Reason behind Question 2 on the Georgia Ballot

Election Day is just two weeks away and with some major races at the top of the ticket, it’s easy to ignore ballot questions. But there are some important issues on the ballot you need to know about.

More than 1 million early votes already cast in Georgia’s historic 2022 midterms

Election Day is Nov. 8 across the nation, and more Georgians have already cast ballots than ever before.

Misinformation disproportionately targeting minorities ahead of 2022 midterm elections

While about 40 percent of Americans feel “very confident” in their ability to recognize fake news, bipartisan nonprofit Mi Familia Vota works to improve that number in Latino communities.

Seniors leading early voting numbers in Georgia

This trend could be attributed to changes during the pandemic or the visibility of the races on the ticket.

State investigating Hershel Walker Super PAC around gas, food voucher giveaways

On Friday, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed it has opened an investigation into 34N22, a pro-Hershel Walker Super PAC

More than 660,000 Georgians have voted early in historic 2022 midterms

Georgia voters continued to hit record breaking turnout during the first week of early voting.

Control of Congress at stake in the 2022 midterms

Here’s a look at the possible outcomes of this year’s midterm elections.

Progressive poll shows Warnock, Walker tied; Kemp leading Abrams by 10 points

A new poll from Data for Progress was taken with only 16 days remaining in Georgia’s nationally watched 2022 midterm elections.

Georgia’s voting laws remain Jim Crow 2.0 despite record Black turnout, organization says

Secretary of State’s office reporting no signs of voter fraud or suppression.

Four constitutional amendments are being decided by Georgians right now

A record number of early ballots have been cast in an election in which several constitutional amendments are being proposed.

More than half a million Georgians have already voted in the midterms

More than half a million Georgians have already voted in the midterm election. This election set to break turnout records for a midterm

Stacey Abrams votes early in Atlanta, praises early voting numbers

We’re just four days into early voting, and a lot of Georgians have already made your voices heard.

Georgia midterm early voting on par with presidential level turnout

Almost 400,000 voters have cast their ballot during in-person early voting.

Record-high early voting numbers among Black voters in Georgia

Black voters account for nearly 36 percent of early voters so far, despite only making up less than 30 percent of active voters in the state.

Georgia’s 2022 early voting numbers are 35% higher than in 2018

An analysis of who’s been voting early in Georgia’s nationally watched midterms.

Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey holding a virtual conversation Thursday

The event is entitled “Oprah Winfrey and Stacey Abrams Present: A Thriving Life” and is set for 8:30 p.m.

Record turnout keeps pace on day 2 of early voting in Georgia

Lines were back Tuesday on Day 2 of advanced voting.

Burt Jones attacked as alleged fake Trump elector in lieutenant governor debate

Three men are running to replace GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who is not running for re-election.

Brian Kemp continues leading Stacey Abrams | U.S. Senate race tied in new Landmark poll

A new poll has been released in Georgia’s nationally watched 2022 midterms.

Pilot program allowing in-person absentee ballot applications electronically

In most counties you will be asked to sign a paper application for an in-person absentee ballot when you arrive.

More than 125,000 cast ballots as Georgia shatters its first-day, early voting record

Georgia’s nationally watched 2022 midterm elections will be held Nov. 8

Gun policies, economy take center stage in first debate between Kemp, Abrams

On Monday, Governor Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams clashed in the first governor debate ahead of November’s election.

Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams meet Monday in first of two high-stakes debates

Georgia’s nationally watched governor’s race is entering its final weeks.

Barack Obama to campaign for Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

The former president will campaign for Abrams in Atlanta on Oct. 28.

Georgia’s political debate season begins

Georgia’s 2022 midterm elections are entering their final weeks, and candidates for major statewide and congressional races will debate each other beginning Friday.

Early voting begins Monday in Georgia’s historic 2022 midterms

Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock, Herschel Walker are the biggest names on the ballo

Jill Biden joining Stacey Abrams on Friday | GOP plans Brian Kemp day of support

Abrams continues trailing Kemp in the polls.

Virtually tied, Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock prepping for one and only debate

The winner of Georgia’s U.S. Senate race could determine Washington, D.C.’s, balance of power

Wanna bet? Online sports betting becomes political issue in Georgia 2022 midterms

Republicans and Democrats seem to support it but can’t agree how to use questions remain over how to use the seemingly huge revenues to come.

Brian Kemp opens 10-point lead over Stacey Abrams | U.S. Senate race a dead heat

The AJC poll conducted by the University of Georgia shows many undecideds among the state’s down-ballot races.

Walker gets boost from GOP leaders after abortion reports

Republican Senate heavyweights campaigned alongside Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker on Tuesday, brushing aside allegations that the football icon once paid for an abortion and arguing that a Republican Senate majority should be voters’ foremost priority.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene rises from GOP fringe to front

Marjorie Taylor Greene took her seat directly behind Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, a proximity to power for the firebrand congresswoman that did not go unnoticed, as he unveiled the House GOP’s midterm election agenda in Pennsylvania.

Don’t have a Georgia ID? You can still register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in Georgia for the 2022 midterm election is Oct. 11.

Tuesday, October 11, is the last day to register to vote in November elections

Here are some other important dates to remember in this fall’s historic 2022 midterms.

Group of NYU law students visit Atlanta to educate Black voters before deadline

At a Sunday morning service at the Enon Church on Atlanta’s southwest side, a group of NYU School of Law students could be seen dropping in for a visit.

Georgia campaigns fail to meet digital requirements for the visually impaired: report

A new report shows many statewide campaigns aren’t meeting digital, legal requirements for visually impaired voters.

Raphael Warnock outraising Herschel Walker in Georgia U.S. Senate race

Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock is maintaining his cash lead in Georgia over Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

Multimillion-dollar race: Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp release 3rd quarter fundraising reports

The reports come as the nation’s most watched governor’s race is entering its final weeks.

Herschel Walker sticks to abortion claim denial, pivots blame to Dems

The GOP Senate candidate remained defiant Thursday after successive reports alleging that he encouraged and paid for a woman’s 2009 abortion and later fathered a child with her.

Report: Mom of Walker’s child says he paid for her abortion

A woman who said Herschel Walker paid for her 2009 abortion is the mother of one of his children, according to a new report Wednesday.

Will Walker abortion payment allegations have an impact on Georgia Senate race?

Recent abortion payment allegations against Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker are making headlines, but will it impact how Georgians vote in November?

LGBTQ+ community making sure their voices are heard on Election Day

As the nation watches pivotal races during the November election, here in Georgia, the LGBTQ+ community is making sure their voices are heard.

Herschel Walker denies paying for girlfriend’s abortion, will sue Daily Beast

Walker, who has vehemently opposed abortion rights as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia, paid for an abortion for his girlfriend in 2009, according to a report Monday.

Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams locked in rematch of 2018 governor’s race

Abrams and Kemp are again facing each other in the nation’s most-watched gubernatorial race.

Raphael Warnock-Herschel Walker race could determine Senate’s balance of power

Republicans or Democrats could hold a majority in the Senate depending on this race’s outcome.

Geoff Duncan’s departure as lieutenant governor opens opportunity for Dems, GOP

Burt Jones and Charlie Bailey are running to replace Duncan, who is not running for re-election.

Metro Atlanta voters playing major role in congressional midterms

Georgia has 14 congressional districts, 10 of which include some portion of metro Atlanta.

Trump-defying Brad Raffensperger facing Democratic re-election challenge

Democrat Bee Nguyen hopes to unseat incumbent secretary of state who has a national profile

Attorney General Chris Carr facing Democrat state senator in re-election battle

Carr is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat state Sen. Jen Jordan.

‘Your white fragility is showing’ | Crime-themed billboards dot Atlanta ahead of midterms

Metro commuters are seeing a new series of conservative billboards parodying progressive beliefs.

Mark Butler’s labor commissioner departure draws 2 ex-legislators

William Boddie and Bruce Thompson are running to become Georgia’s new labor commissioner.

Kemp’s insurance appointee facing challenge from 2018 Democratic hopeful

Gen. John King is running in his first election, while Democrat Janice Laws Robinson is again seeking the seat.

Poll workers needed in Georgia before November election

Gwinnett County is still seeking more than 600 poll workers to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Warnock, Walker deadlocked in CBS poll | Kemp continues leading Abrams

A Sept. 21 new CBS Battleground poll examines Georgia’s nationally watched 2022 midterm elections.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has solid lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams in new poll

A Sept. 20 poll also showed U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, GOP’s Herschel Walker in a virtual deadlock.

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in Georgia

Georgia’s general election is just weeks away, but before voters can cast their ballot, they must be registered to vote. Here’s everything you need to know before Nov. 8.

Governor’s race too close to call, new Quinnipiac poll says

New poll released Sept. 14, 2022.

Herschel Walker, Sen. Raphael Warnock agree to Oct. 14 Savannah debate

After weeks of political gamesmanship, the two candidates will meet in at least one debate.

Abortion ranks as top issue among Georgia Latinos, poll finds

UnidosUS, a Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, and Mi Familia Vota, a national civic engagement organization, said the results show a significant shift among Latino voter concerns.

Website breaks down ballot for Georgia voters ahead of Election Day

There is a new resource, voters can use to better understand candidates and issues on the ballot this October.

Atlanta chamber wants to attract a new generation of poll workers

Georgia needs tech-savvy workers to help manage electronic voting machines, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Dates, deadlines to remember for Georgia’s 2022 elections

Georgia’s nationally watched midterm elections are Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Georgia Senate candidates hit campaign trail

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker are on the same campaign trail.

Stacey Abrams calling for legalized sports betting, constitutional amendment for casinos

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate has outlined her plan for legalized sports betting in Georgia, as well as her support for a constitutional amendment to allow casinos.

GOP heavyweight Newt Gingrich joins Herschel Walker in law enforcement endorsement

The National Border Patrol Council has endorsed the Republican Senate hopeful.

Kemp, Warnock leading in new Georgia AARP poll

According to July 14 AARP Georgia poll, Brian Kemp is leading Democrat Stacey Abrams in a rematch of their 2018 campaign.

Kemp, Abrams tied in latest Quinnipac poll; Warnock opens big lead on Walker

A poll released June 29 also shows U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock has opened a sizeable lead over UGA football legend Herschel Walker.

Gov. Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams agree to two televised debates

The debates are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 30, both beginning at 7 p.m.

Guns, public safety quickly become key issues in Georgia governor’s race

Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams have ramped up their campaigns’ focus on gun control and public safety.