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U.S. Northern District of Georgia Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the state Tuesday to take steps to ensure provisional ballots aren’t improperly rejected and to wait until Friday to certify the results of the midterm elections.

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Democrats made massive gains in statehouses in last Tuesday’s midterm elections, reversing an imbalance that had grown under former President Barack Obama’s tenure and given Republicans much more power at the state level.

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Newly installed Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden has issued clarification regarding county and state certification of the Nov. 6 election results. All counties must return certified election results by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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State of Georgia building flags ordered to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in memory of late state Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines.

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Middle District Court of Georgia Senior Judge Louis Sands granted the Stacey Abrams campaign a temporary restraining order late Friday morning, and later ruled that absentee ballots received by Friday would be counted in the county’s vote total.

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Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said working at the Elections office was both “extremely busy” and “good busy” on Election Day.

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Dougherty County voters headed to the polls in what could be record numbers Tuesday. Poll workers at Covenant Presbyterian Church and Merry Acres Middle School reported nearly 700 voters had cast ballots at the two precincts by 11 a.m.

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Even though Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ Election Day visit to Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking is over, some voters who met her said it was a dream come true for them. The Tuesday-morning trip was the first stop of the day on Abrams’ “Our Chance, Our Choice, Our Georgia” Get Out the Vote bus tour.

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2018 voters guide: What to look for on your November ballot

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Three Dougherty County state House races are on Tuesday’s general election ballot. Of the three races, the District 151 contest between incumbent Republican Gerald Greene and Democratic challenger Joyce Barlow has drawn the most attention locally and in Atlanta.

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The Dougherty County Commission heard a recommendation on Monday to accept the proposal for an enterprise resource planning software system from Tyler Technologies in Plano, Texas, for a total expenditure of $883,848.

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Voters are urged to pass a local ballot referendum that adds a fourth tax-exempt freeport category for electronic fulfillment centers such as the Webstaurant Store on Mitchell Avenue in Albany.

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The Albany City Commission put in a little overtime Tuesday night, but the board eventually agreed to allocate $6.5 million for LED lighting that will replace light fixtures citywide.

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Georgia House District 153 Republican candidate Tracy Taylor received two endorsements for his campaign Wednesday morning. In front of the Judicial Building on Pine Avenue, District 4 Dougherty County Commissioner Russell Gray and Dougherty County Republican Party Chairman Stephen Brimberry officially backed Taylor.

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Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that he had notified House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that he plans to call for a special legislative session of the General Assembly on Nov. 13.

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Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. welcomed last night’s amendment to the major disaster declaration for Georgia that expands coverage for the FEMA Individual Assistance program to also include Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties.

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Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas was the lone county representative to meet with President Trump during a presidential visit and Georgia briefing on Hurricane Michael at a Red Cross Shelter in Macon late Monday.

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City and county government department heads held a brief meeting Saturday morning along with Emergency Management Agency officials for an update on the city and county’s recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

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The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months.

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Alapaha Circuit Court Judge Albert Perkins signed an order Friday denying Harry James’ effort to be included on the Nov. 6 general election ballot as an independent candidate against incumbent Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas

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Harry James stood in the lobby of the Dougherty County Courthouse Tuesday, waiting patiently for a second hearing before Circuit Judge Albert Perkins to see if his petition to get on November’s ballot would pass muster.

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In its ongoing efforts to upgrade services of city utilities, the Albany City Commission approved a $1.26 million agreement with Tyler Technologies of Plano, Texas, Tuesday night to purchase a new utility billing customer information system.

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More than 350 leaders from the business sector, economic development offices, chambers of commerce and elected officials will gather for the 2018 Rural Prosperity Summit at the University of Georgia’s Tifton Conference Center Oct. 3-4.

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The Dougherty County Elections office will delay the issuance of absentee ballots because of pending litigation brought before Dougherty County Superior Court by would-be candidate Harry James.

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s office announced on Thursday that Georgia has been named the top state for business for the fifth year in a row by Area Development, a leading corporate site selection and facility planning publication. Deal was joined by Area Development Publisher Dennis J. Shea to make the announcement at the 2018 State of the Ports Address in Savannah.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp visited Albany Sunday on a campaign fundraising trip to Wynfield Plantation. It was Kemp’s second trip to the city, and he was eager to talk about the plight of rural Georgia.

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