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House members work during the House's session on the final day of the 2015 legislative session, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Atlanta.
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Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign says it’s considering sending more money and resources to Georgia, one of a few Republican-dominated states the campaign is eyeing as a possible win if Clinton takes the election in a landslide. But despite talk that Georgia is a presidential battleground, there’s little to no chance Democrats will gain control of the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton debates with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
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As expected, the final debate between the major party presidential candidates produced a long string of claims and counter-claims on issues from immigration to the economy to the national debt. 

For example, Donald Trump argued that Hillary Clinton had once supported a wall along the Mexican border; Clinton said Trump still wants to deport every immigrant who is in the country illegally.

On "Morning Edition," Denis O'Hayer got a truth check on the candidates from Jim Tharpe, editor of PolitiFact Georgia, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on myajc.com.

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Gwinnett County’s been highlighted this election season for its changing demographics. On Jimmy Carter Boulevard, one of the main roads in Gwinnett County, there are stores representing places from around the world. At Global Mall, a shopping center off Interstate 85, store owners sell items like saris and jewelry, and the food court bustles with people grabbing lunch.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. No other candidates met the poll percentage threshold to participate in the debate. The moderator is Chris Wallace of FOX News.

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Civil rights groups say they plan to deploy election observers to polling sites in several Georgia counties this election.

Those observers will keep an eye out for instances of voter intimidation, said Georgia NAACP president Francys Johnson.

“They will be looking for … people who may be displaying the Confederate battle emblem, for example. Or people who will be displaying firearms within 150 feet of a polling place,” Johnson said.

The Georgia NAACP is working with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACLU and the Legal Defense Fund.

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Jimmy Carter says allegations that this fall's elections will be rigged are "baseless."

The former president released a statement on Wednesday along with The Carter Center, the human rights organization he founded after leaving the White House. Carter's statement doesn't specifically mention Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has repeatedly complained that the election is rigged against him.

The Carter Center has monitored more than 100 elections around the world, but never in the U.S. Carter says he's seen "problematic" elections in that work.

A television camera operator tests his position during a rehearsal for the third presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton debate for the final official time Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas stage.

The moderator is Chris Wallace of FOX News, and the debate will comprise six themed 15-minute segments. 

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In an election year when both major party candidates for president are unpopular, and allegations of sexual assault directed on both sides are dominating the race, Evan McMullin made the case to Atlanta voters he’s a conservative alternative to Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 8 election in Georgia has come and gone, and now those Georgians who have registered to cast their ballot must make it to the polls. 

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers his budget address at the state Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Deal spoke Thursday afternoon to lawmakers charged with reviewing his $45 billion spending plan. Deal limited his comments Thursday to criminal
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Gov. Nathan Deal this week said in “many, many cases” people living in failing school districts “don’t have anything worth stealing.” He warned attendees at an engineering association lunch at the Commerce Club in Atlanta that criminals living in those school districts “go where people have nice cars, nice homes, things that are worth a criminal’s attention.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal waits to deliver his State of the State address on the House floor at the Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Georgia's new attorney general has never tried a case, and he hasn't practiced law in over a decade. The governor says he's qualified; others say they're more skeptical.

Gov. Nathan Deal said Chris Carr's time heading the state's Economic Development Department shows he can handle running a big institution, and that the role of attorney general is primarily about administrating.

Jim Tierney, a former Maine attorney general and head of Harvard's State Attorney General Clinic, agreed that managing attorneys is a big part of the job.

Flooding water surrounds an apartment complex after Hurricane Matthew passed through St. Simons Island, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
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A federal lawsuit is seeking an emergency extension of the voter registration deadline in at least one Georgia county that suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Savannah on behalf of several groups that work to encourage voter registration. The suit names Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state's top elections official.

A voter takes a "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker after voting during Georgia's primary election at the polling station at South Lowndes Recreation Complex in Lake Park, Ga., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
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In addition to selecting local public officials and the country's next president on Nov. 8, Georgia citizens will vote on four ballot measures to amend the state constitution. Here is some information to help you make your choice when at the polling booth:

Amendment One

Ballot language:

Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement.

Senate Resolution No. 287

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Donald Trump says he is now free of the "shackles" of the Republicans who stopped supporting him following the release of an 11-year-old tape where Trump made derogatory comments about women.

So does that mean Georgia is a potential swing state?

“I’m not sure that this information will wipe out the deficit that [Hillary Clinton] was confronting, but it will move her up a little in the polls,” said Dr. Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia.

Voters cast ballots at a polling site Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Among several ballot measures next month, Georgia voters will be asked whether they want to change the agency that polices judges in the state, known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). If passed, the constitutional amendment would allow state lawmakers to recreate the commission.

Supporters say the changes are needed because the watchdog agency needs more oversight, but critics say the move would strip the agency of its political independence and effectiveness.

What Does the JQC Do?

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Tuesday just before midnight is the deadline to register to vote in Georgia.

“You can go to the Secretary of State's website and register through our online process. Even if you have a problem doing that, you can still print out an application fill it out and drop that in the mail,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  

If Georgians can't do that, hard copies of voter registration applications are available through libraries and nonprofits groups around the state, he said.

A videographer adjust his camera before the start the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off for the second time this 2016 election season in the second presidential debate Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. 

This 90-minute debate breaks the mold with a town hall-style format, which will feature for the first time questions submitted via the internet. It takes place at Washington University in St. Louis with ABC's Martha Raddatz and CNN's Anderson Cooper moderating.

You can watch a live stream of the event from PBS Newshour below:

People walk by the debate site ahead of the second presidential debate at Washington University, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in St. Louis. The town hall debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Cl
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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The moderators for this debate are Martha Raddatz of ABC and Anderson Cooper of CNN. The debate will have a town hall-style debate featuring questions asked by audience members and submitted over the internet.

Attorney General Sam Olens speaks during a news conference announcing a new campaign targeting sex trafficking, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Atlanta.
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Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens looks set to become the next president of Kennesaw State University. If that happens, Gov. Nathan Deal would appoint the next attorney general, according to the state constitution.

How active a new attorney general would be depends on how closely aligned they are with the governor, Mike Bowers said. He's a former Georgia attorney general himself.

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When Georgia voters head to the polls next month, in addition to picking their choice for president and U.S. Senate, they’ll be asked to vote on a measure called “Amendment One.” The proposal is also known as Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover plan. It would create an Opportunity School District to manage schools the state deems “chronically failing.”

But opposition to the proposal has been steadily growing. Those who are against the plan say it would interfere with local control of schools.

What Is A ‘Failing’ School?

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Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice presidential debate Tuesday night.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate.

Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

In this Sept. 7, 2016, file photo, tables are in place for the media for the Oct. 4 vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
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The 2016 nominees for vice president, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, face off Tuesday night at 9 p.m. onstage at Longwood University in Virginia. This is the only vice presidential debate of the 2016 election season. 

This event follows last week's debate between their presidential counterparts, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, at Hofstra Univserity in New York.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, photo, U.S. Senate democratic candidate Jim Barksdale, who is looking to unseat Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks during a phone banking/meet and greet with DeKalb Young Democrats at Avondale Pizza Cafe in Decatur, Ga.
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It may not be surprising that at a recent Democratic fundraiser in Athens, many in the audience didn’t know who businessman Jim Barksdale was until after his short speech. Politicians like former gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter, or state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, were more familiar to the people gathered.

What makes the situation unusual is that Barksdale is running for Senate, an office more powerful than any held by the Democrats who spoke longer than him and drew louder applause at the fundraiser.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump answers a question as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.
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After the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed urged national Democratic leaders to send more money and resources to the state -- despite pre-debate polls showing Trump with a small but steady lead.

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In 2008 and 2012 Fulton County mishandled ballots and its lists were missing thousands of registered voters’ names. The county has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and in upgrading its election software, and officials are hoping this coming presidential election goes more smoothly than the last two.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 11. Early voting in Fulton starts Oct. 17 and ends Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.

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NPR’s "Morning Edition" co-host Steve Inskeep spent Monday and Tuesday broadcasting from the WABE studios and listening to the voices of Georgia voters.

It was part of NPR’s “Divided States” project, which will sample voter attitudes in states where the presidential election is expected to be especially close.

In a conversation with WABE’s "Morning Edition" host Denis O’Hayer, Inskeep talked about the challenges media outlets like NPR face in covering this most unusual election.

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A bust of Donald Trump at the Georgia Republican Party convention in Augusta.
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The Georgia state director for the Donald J. Trump campaign has resigned after his criminal past was revealed.

According to WSB-TV, Bibb County sheriff's deputies arrested Brandon Phillips in 2008 on battery and felony criminal damage. Phillips pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing charges after admitting he destroyed one person's laptop and slashed another person's tires.

Voter approval of a ballot measure that would allow the state of Georgia to take over schools it deems “chronically failing” could be overturned after the November election. That's according to a class-action lawsuit backed by groups opposed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s education proposal. The suit says the wording of the measure is “misleading.”

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State lawmakers have launched an effort to help funnel money to Georgia’s rural hospitals through a state tax credit program.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are introduced during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.
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Monday night’s debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump gave fact-checkers a new trove of claims to examine.

But on the eve of the debate, WABE "Morning Edition" host Denis O’Hayer explored some of their statements before they took the stage, in a conversation with Jim Tharpe. He is the editor of PolitiFact Georgia, which appears in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and on myajc.com.