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Ga. election preview

The GA Voice takes an in-depth look at the midterm elections, from local to state and national-level races

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Georgia Democrats reach out to LGBT voters

The Democratic Party of Georgia will host two events geared toward the LGBT community this month in an effort to energize gay and lesbian voters ahead of the November 2nd midterm elections.

On Oct. 20, DPG will host a candidate mixer and meet-and-greet at Amsterdam Atlanta. The event is being held in combination with the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats from 6-8 p.m. and will allow attendees to engage candidates endorsed by Stonewall as well as pro-equality incumbents.

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By the numbers: Gay marriage in America

48 Percent of Americans who say they oppose gay marriage; the first time in 15 years of polling that fewer than half are opposed. 54 Percent of Americans who said in 2009 they are opposed to gay marriage. 53 Pe...
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Early voting starts today

Voters can cast their ballots starting today leading up to the Nov. 2 general election in each Georgia county.

More than half a million Georgia voters cast early ballots in 2008.

“We want to put as much information in the hands of the voter as we can, in an easy-to-use format,” Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a press release regarding early voting. "The goal is for every voter in the State of Georgia to have the information he or she needs to be able to make the voting process work for them."

Voters will have the opportunity to elect a new governor as well as one of two U.S. Senate positions in state-wide races.

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Primary day

Before you vote in today's primary, take a look at our profiles of the candidates and their stands on LGBT issues

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GA Voice Primary Election Guide

This year, Georgia elects a new governor, every state constitutional office, and every seat in the state legislature, plus many other offices ranging from U.S. Senate to county commissions.

The upcoming July 20 primaries will determine which Republicans and Democrats will battle it out in the Nov. 2 general election. A few November races also include a Libertarian or independent candidate as well.

The primary ballot includes three openly gay candidates: Joan Garner and Keisha Waites for Fulton County Commission District 6, and Keith Gross for State House District 80.

And while few candidates for the state’s top offices have openly campaigned for LGBT votes, many have long records — some positive, more negative — on issues that impact our community.

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Frank: ENDA will get House committee vote this month

Barney Frank (D) and Tammy Baldwin (D)

Legislation can be like a train: It runs on a track, makes certain stops along the way, and is often attached to other trains. But in Congress, the train doesn’t run on time.

Last September, gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would likely get a House committee vote in September and a floor vote that fall. Didn’t happen.

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Georgia lesbian lawmaker brings power to the people from within the Gold Dome

Simone Bell, Georgia's first lesbian African-American state lawmaker

An activist with Lambda Legal, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and numerous other organizations, Simone Bell was familiar with rallying outside of the State Capitol, chanting and urging legislators inside the building to listen to their concerns.

“It’s really interesting being on the other side of the table,” said Bell (D-Atlanta), who took her seat as the state representative for District 58 in January after winning a special election and runoff last November and December.