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 22: Democrats Flip Senate As Republicans Subvert Democracy
A historic day in Georgia was overshadowed by senseless violence encouraged by the President of the United States and hundreds of Republicans that have pushed baseless claims of election fraud. On this episode of Battleground: Ballot Box, what comes next in Georgia after Democrats flipped both U.S. Senate seats.
Bonus: In Georgia Politics, A Week For The History Books
What a week. Somewhere between the president's call to Brad Raffensperger on Saturday and the seething and lawless mob in our nation's capitol on Wednesday, Georgia hosted a momentous election. In a conversation from GPB's Georgia Today podcast, Battleground Ballot Box host Stephen Fowler talks about coming to terms with a historic week for Georgia, and for America.
Episode 21: Inside Trump's Call To Steal Georgia's Election
On this episode of Battleground: Ballot Box, we were going to ask Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger about challenges faced during 2020, but then we got audio of President Donald Trump angrily asking him to overturn the election instead.
Episode 20: Inside 'Election Twitter,' Where Maps Tell Stories
On this episode of Battleground: Ballot Box, we take a step back from all the voting chaos — sort of — and talk with someone who represents the future generation of voting and political participation.
Episode 19: For Trump, Georgia Republicans Ignore Election Reality
On this episode of "Battleground: Ballot Box," we look at the extraordinary steps Georgia Republicans have taken to try and overturn the state's election results, attack the systems and rules they put in place and support President Trump's false claims of fraud.
Episode 18: Despite Trumpworld's Efforts, Georgia Recertifies For Biden
On this episode, we traverse a wild weekend of election misinformation, lawsuits, and the final recertification of Georgia’s election results.
Thanks for explaining the RLA on Ep 15. Now I understand.
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.
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!