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Georgia has been the epicenter for the national conversation about who gets to vote and how those votes are counted. In the last few years, many changes have been made through the courts and the court of public opinion. Now, the 2020 election will be the biggest test the state has seen. Georgia Public Broadcasting political reporter Stephen Fowler walks through the ins and outs of how voting works in Georgia, highlighting the good, the bad and the complicated.

Battleground: Ballot Box Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Georgia has been the epicenter for the national conversation about who gets to vote and how those votes are counted. In the last few years, many changes have been made through the courts and the court of public opinion. Now, the 2020 election will be the biggest test the state has seen. Georgia Public Broadcasting political reporter Stephen Fowler walks through the ins and outs of how voting works in Georgia, highlighting the good, the bad and the complicated.

    Episode 9: Let's Talk About Poll Workers

    Episode 9: Let's Talk About Poll Workers

    On this episode of "Battleground: Ballot Box," we talk about the importance of poll workers to the election process.

    • 12 min
    Episode 8: Long Lines, Record Turnout Mark Start of Early Voting

    Episode 8: Long Lines, Record Turnout Mark Start of Early Voting

    On Monday, Oct. 12, in-person early voting began in Georgia, and with it came long lines, problems with voting equipment, and a sinking feeling that the issues that plagued June’s primary were doomed to be repeated. It seemed like deja-vu for many voters.

    • 13 min
    Episode 7: The History Of Racist Voting Laws In Georgia

    Episode 7: The History Of Racist Voting Laws In Georgia

    On this episode of "Battleground: Ballot Box," we go back in time and explore the history of racist voting laws in Georgia and how the remnants of those decisions are still present today.

    • 18 min
    Episode 6: A Surge In Registration Brings Demographic Change

    Episode 6: A Surge In Registration Brings Demographic Change

    On this episode of "Battleground: Ballot Box," we take a look at voter registration, demographic changes and why Georgia is an electoral battleground.

    • 13 min
    Bonus: Voting Issues In Georgia, How We Got Here

    Bonus: Voting Issues In Georgia, How We Got Here

    In this bonus episode of "Battleground: Ballot Box," host Stephen Fowler chronicles how voting in Georgia has changed from 2018 to 2020.

    • 27 min
    Episode 5: Let's Make A Voting Plan

    Episode 5: Let's Make A Voting Plan

    On this episode of "Battleground: Ballot Box," we discuss the importance of making a voting plan, whether you plan to cast your ballot by mail, early in person or on Election Day.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

emily_rj ,

Can you cover inaccessibility in elections?

As a disabled person who experienced physical inaccessibility of voting buildings and systems in 2018, I also saw other disabled voters struggle. We don’t have paper ballots anymore, and the Dominion machines make voting inaccessible to many people with disabilities (not just visual, movement disorder disabilities). When I gave the DeKalb County Voting Commission board NCIL accessible voting guideline handouts, it declined them. Chairman Tillman accused me of faking an inability to stand and walk after a period of time, tried to deny my desire to file accessibility complaints on behalf of myself and another disabled voter, and told me to “stand up and go find the real disabled voters” who may have complaints. The outside of the building, without seating, Dir. Hamilton said was the responsibility of the federal government and therefore seating was not their responsibility. There were two wheelchairs, one front and one back, that were manual, despite our needs for our own mobility aids, which make us reliant on staff. And of course the booth aisles were so narrow that no other voters could be voting while we were. The AJC covered my 2018 experience. I have heard so many disabled voter complaints from over the years, before and since. I can only imagine the dangers and inaccessibility Covid adds. Please press harder, or nothing we’ve worked for will ever be achieved.

knally13 ,

Interesting and informative

It’s informative and interesting about the voting process. While it is Georgia focused, there are similar events and concerns around the country. If you’re interested in learning more about how voting works behind the scenes, this is the podcast for you!

Educate!Me ,

Educate!Me

Very informative!!

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