Politics. Georgia governor’s race: Latest on absentee ballot counts; deadline is 5 this evening. Deal orders flags at half staff on Saturday in honor of Rep. Meadows. GOP’s Rome office open through runoff. Floyd elections chair, new clerk on Hometown Radio Monday.

Politics. Georgia governor’s race: Latest on absentee ballot counts; deadline is 5 this evening. Deal orders flags at half staff on Saturday in honor of Rep. Meadows. GOP’s Rome office open through runoff. Floyd elections chair, new clerk on Hometown Radio Monday.

 

The latest:

  • Dec. 18 special election set for parts of Bartow, Floyd counties to select a representative for House District 14, vacated as Christian Coomer as appointed to the state Court of Appeals. Story
  • Gov. Nathan Deal orders flags at half staff on Saturday in honor of the passing of state Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun. The veteran lawmaker’s funeral is Saturday in Calhoun.
  • The Floyd County Republican Party’s headquarters at 420 Broad St. will remain open through the Dec. 4 runoff.
  • Floyd Elections Board Chair Steve Miller and newly appointed elections clerk Robert Brady will join us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on Monday at 8:40 a.m. on WRGA 98.7 FM.

The latest from the Secretary of State’s office: On November 14, 2018, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones issued an order directing Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to ensure that each Georgia county’s certified election results include the counts for absentee ballots where the date of birth was omitted or incorrect.

To comply with this order, the Secretary of State’s office has issued an official election bulletin to county election superintendents and registrars to take the following actions immediately:

  • Review each rejected absentee ballot to ensure that none were rejected solely because of an error or omission in the date of birth on the absentee ballot oath envelope.
  • If any absentee by mail ballot was rejected solely because of an error or omission in the date of birth, count the ballot unless the voter cast a subsequent absentee ballot or voted on Election Day.
  • If a county’s vote totals change after this review, re-certify the election results with the updated totals and forward the new certification to the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Following this review, complete a confirmation form indicating that there were no changes to the county’s election results or, if there were changes, indicating that any absentee ballots previously rejected solely because of an error or omission in the date of birth have been added to the certified results.
  • Return this completed confirmation form to the Secretary of State’s office no later than 5 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018.

The latest vote totals:  As of Friday morning, the vote count and percentages were as follows. All three candidates picked up votes and the percentages for the two front runners tightened slightly:

Brian Kemp: 50.22% or 1,978,383 votes

Stacey Abrams: 48.83% or 1,923,582 votes.

Ted Metz: 0.95% or 37,234 votes.

Latest count: Click here

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