Elections

  Two men face off for Georgia’s 2nd district congressional seat

  Muscogee County political party leaders react to final presidential debate

  Ala. Sec. of State ‘confident’ in election integrity process ahead of election day

  Columbus woman’s absentee ballot found in another state

  Russell County Commission candidates for Districts 2, 3, and 6 offer plans if elected

  Russell County Commission candidates for Districts 5 and 7 share plans if elected

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  Russell Co. elections officials introduce electronic polling pads, COVID-19 precautions for Nov. 3 election

  Muscogee Co. sheriff candidates suggest focusing more on mental health after jail suicide

Ala. shattering absentee ballot records; people line up to vote at courthouse

  CSU political science professor explains what not to do at the polls

  Talbot County seeing record early voting numbers

Ala. voters to decide 6 constitutional amendments in November election

Lee Co. voters wait in long lines to cast absentee ballots

Dozens of voters waited in line outside of the Lee County Courthouse Monday to cast their absentee ballot.

Today is last day to register to vote in Alabama for the Nov. 3 election

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Alabama for the Nov. 3 general election.

  Marion Co. voters to decide on alcohol sales on Sundays

Georgia voters that have been taking advantage of early voting or casting absentee ballots have already seen some of the amendments or referendums specific to their local area.

Record 1.4M Georgians cast ballots during first week of early voting

More Georgians have cast their ballots via early voting during this presidential election than ever before.

  Columbus organization encouraging community to participate in early voting

  Grant helps reemploy furloughed Columbus Convention & Trade Center workers; opens additional early voting site

  Voter turnout triples during early voting in Chattahoochee Co.

  Supporters excited and waiting for Trump rally to begin in Macon, Ga.

  Second Columbus early voting location opens early to help shorten long wait times

  Muscogee County voters get more early voting locations

  Columbus Convention & Trade Center opening as early voting location

A $212,000 grant from the Arnold Schwarzenegger Institute will allow the Columbus Convention and Trade Center to open its doors to voters Friday.

  Alabama voters have two options for voting in primary election

The first option is to cast their ballots in person Nov. 3. The second option is to cast an absentee ballot.

  Ga. voters 75 and older or with disability not required to wait in line to vote

Georgia law requires all polling sites to be fully accessible and equipped with poll workers who are trained to take care of the needs of all voters.

  Voters in Muscogee Co. share early voting experience

News Leader 9 spoke with some voters to find out what their experience was like and why voting in-person is so important.

  Two candidates in the running for Muscogee County Sheriff

Will it be current Marshal Greg Countryman? Both have public service experience and a plan of action in place if they are to be elected.

  Dr. Jill Biden makes stop in Columbus on Georgia’s first day of early voting

Dr. Biden spoke with several military families Monday. Those families said the Biden’s know what it means to be a service family and our sacred obligation to those who give up their lives for this country.

  First early voter in Columbus in line at 4 a.m.

Marvin Broadwater said he arrived at the polling site at 4 a.m. and was the first person to enter at 7 a.m.

  Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden making campaign stop in Columbus

Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden is hitting the campaign trail in the Peach State today.

  Amendments to look out for on the Alabama ballot

Alabama has the longest constitution of any state in the nation and when election day rolls around, Alabamians will have a say in what new amendments go in it.

  Hundreds wrap around building to vote early in Columbus

As the polls open across Georgia for early voting, hundreds of voters are lining up in Columbus to cast their ballot.

Early voting beginning in Ga., here’s where Georgians can cast their ballot

Early voting throughout Georgia for the Nov. 3 general election begins Monday, Oct. 12 and runs through Friday, Oct. 30.

  Amendment removing racist language from Alabama’s constitution on Nov. ballot

When voters head to the polls in November, they will also find six amendments on the ballot. One of them, in part, removes outdated and racist language from the 1901 state Constitution.

  East Alabama municipal runoff election results

Several seats were up for grabs in East Alabama.

Absentee ballots can be opened earlier; no poll worker shortage expected

Secretary of State John Merrill expects the number successful returned absentee ballots to skyrocket around 150,000 to 200,000 this year.

Alabama counties report record absentee voting amid pandemic

Alabama officials say more than 100,000 voters have requested absentee ballots and more than 35,000 already had been returned as of last week.

  Georgia leaders break down voting options ahead of Nov. election

Georgia is just a little more than a week out from the start of early voting, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, Muscogee County has several options for voters, including mail-in voting.

  Muscogee County adds five early voting locations

Early voting in Georgia starts October 12 and for the first time, Muscogee County is adding five advanced voting sites in the Columbus area.

  CSU political science professor comments on presidential debate

After last night’s debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates says they are considering making some changes to the format of the debates moving forward.

Sen. Shelby supports Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., says he strongly supports President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett following their meeting.

Election leaders break down what you need to know ahead Of November

If you’re struggling to look through the mail to see what will be on the November ballot, there's another way.

Alabama Gov. Ivey authorizes several changes related to election

Gov. Ivey issued a supplemental State of Emergency related to the administration of the Nov. 3 election.

Sen. Doug Jones won’t support confirmation of Supreme Court nominee before election

Sen. Doug Jones announced Friday he won’t support the confirmation of any Supreme Court justice nominee before the election.

Alabama preparing for record-breaking absentee voting

Secretary of State John Merrill said the state broke its absentee voting record during the July run-offs and he believed we’ll break another record in November.

  U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville set to host fundraiser in Florida

You may remember, Tuberville was heavily criticized by Jeff Sessions for moving from Florida to start his Senate campaign.

Absentee voting starts in Alabama: What you need to know

Wednesday was the first day Alabamians could vote absentee for the general election in November.

Proposed amendments you’ll see on the ballot in November

We are exactly two months out from election day. While you may be thinking most about who to vote for president, you’re also being asked to vote on six potentially confusing amendments.

  Georgia launches new online portal to request absentee ballots

In the past, Georgia voters had to download and print an absentee ballot request, then scan and email it or put it in the mail. Now, there’s a new online portal that can make the process easier.

Ga. Sec. of State launches new online absentee ballot portal

The portal will make it easier for Georgia voters to request absentee ballots for the November elections.

  Two East Alabama mayors reelected for another term

In Eufaula, Mayor Jack Tibbs Jr. will begin his third term and Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller will be going into his fifth term.

  RESULTS: Voters head to the polls for municipal elections in east Alabama

Voters in east Alabama have gone to the polls and made their voices heard on municipal elections.

  CANDIDATE PROFILE: Three candidates in Eufaula’s mayoral race

Incumbent Jack Tibbs Jr. is facing off against two competitors for the mayor’s race this year. Sara Hamm and Reverend L.C. Green are both hoping to lead their city to success.

  Four people looking to sit in the LaFayette mayor’s seat

Municipal elections for several east Alabama cities are coming up soon as voters head to the poll Tuesday, Aug. 25.

  Two contested city council races heat up in Smiths Station

Election day is coming up quick for seven east Alabama cities. Voters will cast their ballots Tuesday August 25.

  Leaders in the Chattahoochee Valley react to Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris White House bid

Leaders in the Chattahoochee Valley are reacting to the news of former Vice President Joe Biden announcing Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate.

  Georgia Primary Runoff: State and local election results

This election will determine who will represent each political party in November.

  Runoff elections underway in Georgia

Runoff elections are underway Tuesday in Georgia.

John Merrill extends absentee voting for August, November elections

Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued new guidance for absentee voting in August.

U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville casts ballot in Auburn

Former Auburn University football coach and current U.S. Senate hopeful Tommy Tuberville has cast his ballot in Alabama’s runoff election.

Alabama’s primary runoff election set for Tuesday

Thousands of Alabamians will venture out to their polling places Tuesday to cast a ballot in the state’s primary election runoffs.

Today is the last day to register to vote in Ga. primary runoffs

Today, July 13, is the last day for prospective voters in the Peach State to register to vote ahead of the Georgia primary election runoffs.

Alabama warns election officials against Tuesday mask requirement

While Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall strongly urge people to use masks, they say state law does not require it in order to vote.

How to cast an Alabama absentee ballot for July 14 runoff

Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued new guidance for absentee voting on Tuesday.

Tuberville campaign asks for help fixing bus that burned

Calling it a “pivotal piece of our campaign,” one of Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidates is asking for financial help to restore his burned out bus.

  Sanford Bishop to face Cordele pastor in November election

In November, Sanford Bishop will be the Democratic candidate for the Second Congressional Seat for the 15th time.

  Elaine Gillispie remains on ballot for runoff in Columbus City Council special election

The ballot for a run-off election in Columbus will feature two of the three candidates originally intended to be on it.

  New DA-elect Mark Jones speaks on plans for office

Mark Jones will swear his oath in January 2021 and he plans on making big changes.

  Fourth man arrested in relation to campaign music video for new DA-elect

In the system as Chris Garner, he is facing multiple charges, including damage to government property and laying drag.

  Toyia Tucker elected to Columbus City Council

Toyia Tucker will be representing district four with 67 percent of the vote. Not only does Tucker plan to bring a new and unique perspective to Columbus City Council, but she also is continuing her work demanding change.

  Muscogee Co. board of elections addresses voting issues across the county

The long lines were seen not only in Columbus, but also in Atlanta, which has prompted state officials to open an investigation.

  ELECTION RESULTS: Race for DA ends with Attorney Mark Jones as winner

Attorney Mark Jones is leading with roughly 2,000 votes ahead of incumbent Julia Slater.

  ELECTION RESULTS: Marshal Greg Countryman emerges as front runner in Muscogee Co. Sheriff’s race

Results won’t be official until they are verified by the board, but it’s clear that Marshal Greg Countryman is expected to face off against Republican candidate Mark LaJoye in November.

  PROFILE: GA House of Representatives - District 134 candidate, William Tauxe

He grew up in Atlanta, studied at Yale, taught public high school in Brooklyn, and is now finishing up a residency at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. Now he’s hoping to add Georgia State Representative 134 to his list of experiences.

  PROFILE: Columbus City Council District 4 candidate, Elaine Gillispie

“Now I want to be the eyes and ears for the people of the district," Gillispie said. "It’s important that when you represent people, they know you’re going to represent them and not outsiders or people who think they can buy your election.”

LIST: Races and candidates on Georgia ballots across the Chattahoochee Valley

Voters across the Peach State will finally head to the polls tomorrow, June 9, in an election initially set for late March.

  PROFILE: Columbus City Council District 4 candidate, Toyia Tucker

Toyia Tucker said if elected, she would be adding to the diversity of council, helping to reach a different demographic and bring about change in her community and Columbus as a whole.

  DA candidate Mark Jones hosts rally in Columbus after bonding out of jail

Mark Jones and his attorney said the rally was to support free and open democratic elections.

Secretary of State encourages absentee voting; Lawsuit claims there are barriers to vote during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has some people questioning whether it will be safe to go to the polls to vote.

  DA candidate turns himself in to Columbus police; faces charges related to campaign music video

Police said Attorney Mark Jones is facing multiple charges in relation to a campaign music video published on social media.