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Secretary of State: Return Georgia mail-in ballots now

Georgia’s chief election official is urging residents to send in their absentee ballots now instead of waiting.

Group says wrong date on Georgia mail ballots sow confusion

Georgians face Monday deadline to register to vote on June 9

Georgia Senate signals June likely for legislative restart

  Statesboro City Council to discuss park updates via online meeting

  Visitation service for Sen. Jack Hill

Georgia primary pushed back again due to coronavirus pandemic

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Lawsuit: Georgia mail-in ballot postage is unconstitutional

  Savannah city council continues to conduct business remotely

  Remembering State Sen. Jack Hill

  Board of Elections adjusts after Georgia’s presidential primary delayed

Georgia General Assembly to suspend legislative session

  Ga. bill seeks to give DAs access to inmate information

  Early voting underway in Bryan Co.

Following the primary results in South Carolina, Georgia voters now have a chance to pick their favorite candidate in the primaries.

Tom Steyer withdraws from presidential race after third-place finish in S.C. primary

Steyer had high hopes going into the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary. But it didn’t pan out.

  Beaufort Co. sees good turnout for Presidential Primary

A few Beaufort County precincts reported a slow start at the polls Saturday morning, but has steadily picked up as it got closer to time for polls to close.

  South Carolina Primary this Saturday

Voters can cast their ballots in the South Carolina primary Saturday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Everything you should know before the Trump rally in N. Charleston Friday

LIST: Where to see candidates for president as they cross S.C. this week

  Liberty Co. residents test new voting system

Beaufort Co. sees thousands of early voters

Buttigieg to take on Sanders in Charleston debate by laying out differences

Democratic presidential debate preparations underway at Gaillard Center in Charleston

Monday is the last day to register to vote in upcoming Ga. primary

If you want to vote in the upcoming Georgia primary, you must be a registered voter and Monday is the last day to register.

  Tom Steyer campaigns in the Lowcountry ahead of SC primary

Democratic Presidential candidate and businessman Tom Steyer spoke to supporters in Yemassee ahead of the South Carolina primary.

Politics Explained: Should South Carolinians care about the Nevada Caucus?

With all the votes in Nevada are cast, will the results impact South Carolinian’s decisions a week later?

  Mayor Van Johnson honored at last commission meeting as county employee

An emotional Chatham County commission meeting for some as Mayor Van Johnson attended his final as a county employee.

  Effingham Co. Sheriff to run for re-election

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie held a meet and greet reception Thursday night at The Local on Laurel in Springfield.

President Donald Trump holding rally in North Charleston

President Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in North Charleston next week.

  Port Wentworth city council holds first meeting with newly appointed member

After weeks at a standstill, the Port Wentworth city council was finally able to get down to business. They welcomed their new District 1 councilman at a special meeting Wednesday night.

  Plans to hire new Savannah City Manager on track despite council’s decision to hire new search firm

The plan to hire a new city manager for Savannah is still on track despite the city council’s recent decision to pick a new search firm.

  Hampton County Council discussing possible secession of Yemasee

Hampton County Council is meeting in an executive session Tuesday tonight to discuss the possible secession of Yemasee.

  Chatham Co. District Attorney Meg Heap announces she’s running for re-election

Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap announced she will run for re-election.

  Statesboro’s mayor highlights talking points ahead of State of the City address

Statesboro’s mayor will deliver his first State of the City address Tuesday night.

Gov. Brian Kemp appoints new Port Wentworth council member

Governor Brian Kemp appointed Honorable Donald H. Hodges as Port Wentworth’s District 1 council member on Monday.

  Zena McClain announces run for Chatham County District Attorney

Another hat has been thrown into the race for Chatham County District Attorney.

  Savannah holds voting machine workshop with new devices

Every county in Georgia has to use the state’s new voting machines in every election this year.

  Democrats shift focus to South Carolina

With New Hampshire in the rear view mirror, and the 2020 presidential election growing closer, the focus for democratic candidates shifts to the Palmetto State.

  Effingham Co. Day at the Ga. State Capitol

Tuesday was Effingham County Day at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

Election officials holding training sessions on how to use new voting machines

Chatham County election officials want to make sure voters know how to use the new voting machines ahead of the primaries.

Final voter information forum being held in Beaufort County

Beaufort County election officials are hosting their last of four forums to spread information ahead of the South Carolina primaries.

  Effingham Co. leaders heading to Atlanta to discuss county issues, concerns with lawmakers

It’s Effingham County’s turn to have their time with lawmakers in Atlanta.

Gov. Kemp, state superintendent proposing testing changes in Ga. public schools

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and the state superintendent have announced a plan to cut five mandatory standardized tests for public school students.

Ga. senators propose bill to add daylight saving referendum to General Election ballot

Georgia senators have introduced a bill that would allow state residents to voice their opinion on ending time changes in the state.

  Port Wentworth special-called meeting called off, two council members absent

The turmoil in Port Wentworth continues as their special-called city council meeting was cancelled Thursday night due to there not being enough members there to make a quorum.

Ga., S.C. politicians release statements on President Trump’s acquittal

On Wednesday the United States Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on charges related to impeachment.

  Bloomberg campaign office opens in Savannah

The results from the Iowa caucus may not be final, but one democratic candidate is already looking ahead to Super Tuesday, and the Georgia primary just a few weeks later.

  Ga. lawmakers consider removing county police departments

Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow voters the chance to decide if they want county police departments.

  Gov. Brian Kemp looking to strengthen Gang Task Force

​Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is looking to continue his push to prioritize the fight against gang violence in the state.

Savannah native, Rev. Raphael Warnock, launches U.S. Senate campaign

Reverand Raphael Warnock, a Savannah native and Senior Pastor of Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, announced Thursday he has launched his candidacy for the U.S. Senate special election.

  Savannah-Chatham Day held at the Ga. Capitol

Thursday is Savannah-Chatham Day at the Capitol. It is a chance for special interest groups, local governments and elected leaders throughout the county to get some face-time with state leaders.

Port Wentworth mayor suspends the interim city administrator

The Port Wentworth mayor has suspended Steve Davis, the interim city administrator.

  Local leaders in Atlanta Thursday for Savannah-Chatham Day

Several groups from across the Hostess City, as well as Chatham County, will meet with lawmakers in Atlanta Thursday to highlight our area and discuss further legislation for the upcoming year.

  Deadline to register to vote in South Carolina primary is Jan. 30

The South Carolina primary is coming up. Democrats in the state choose their presidential nominee on February 29.

  Richmond Hill council members receive training in Atlanta

Richmond Hill city leaders received some training and resources to better serve the community.

Deadline approaching for South Carolina presidential primary voter registration

The deadline to register to vote in the South Carolina presidential primary is Jan. 30.

  South Carolina legislative members meet with local business owners

Business leaders and politicians came together to lay out a plan about what issues they will take to the South Carolina state house.

  GA lawmakers looking at upcoming state budget

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave his report on the amended fiscal year 2020 budget and the 2021 budget to state leaders last week, touting the state's record low unemployment, above-average increases in personal income and job growth.

Chatham County in need of hundreds of poll workers for upcoming elections

In order to serve the thousands of voters expected at the polls this year, the Chatham County Board of Elections is in need of hundreds of poll workers.

McMaster discusses education, goals in State of the State address

Watch it live at 7 p.m. right here on wistv.com.

  Port Wentworth city council meeting skipped by some members for second time

For the second time in as many months, Port Wentworth’s city council meeting didn’t happen.

Lawmakers consider possible changes to Georgia’s seat belt law

As lawmakers begin to introduce new bills during Georgia’s legislative session, there are talks that some legislators are calling for stricter seat belt laws.

  Ga. legislature considering limiting dual enrollment

The state of Georgia is considering a bill that would limit dual enrollment for high school students.

  New voting machines arrive in Chatham County

More than 800 brand new voting machines arrived in Chatham County from Atlanta on Friday.

  Savannah’s new city council holds first meeting

A new session is underway in the State Legislature in Atlanta and Thursday, Savannah’s new city council reviewed what they want state leaders to work on and who they want to tell the legislature about it.

  Governor Brian Kemp gives State of the State address

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave his second State of the State address Thursday.

  S.C. preparing for Presidential Primary at the end of February

South Carolina is the fourth primary in the nation. It's the first in the south.

Ga. lawmakers will not vote on bill proposing incorporation of Chatham Co. islands

Two Georgia state lawmakers say they won’t move forward with a bill calling for a vote on incorporation of the Chatham County islands.

  Savannah city council holds visioning sessions

Bringing all the new Savannah city leaders to the table, Mayor Van Johnson and the City’s aldermen and alderwomen are conducting what are called visioning sessions Monday and Tuesday.

Georgia’s 2020 legislative session starts Monday in Atlanta

Georgia lawmakers return to the State Capitol Monday for the start of the 2020 legislative session.

  Current, former mayors of Tybee Island discuss how the island has evolved

Several community leaders and residents gathered Saturday for the Martin Luther King Junior Parade on Tybee Island.

  Port Wentworth holds first special called meeting with new council

The first “special called” city council meeting since a new team has officially taken over in Port Wentworth was scheduled for Thursday night.

Lawmakers react to vote on War Powers Resolution

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set a House vote on limiting President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

  Bryan County elections looking for more poll workers

As election season nears in Bryan County with the sheriff’s race in May, a “Secure the Vote” trailer will arrive in Richmond Hill and Pembroke on Friday.

  Port Wentworth City Council sworn in, new administration working to solve problems

Port Wentworth’s city council got sworn in Tuesday night.

  Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff outlines campaign for US Senate

Democrat Jon Ossoff is one of four vying to take on incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue. This week, Ossoff announced raising over $1 million in the final 3 months of 2019.

Georgia’s new U.S. senator takes office as history unfolds

Nearly 100 years after Georgia became the first state to send a female voice to the U.S. Senate, Kelly Loeffler became the second from the Peach State, as Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office on Monday.

City council inaugurations happening Monday in Pooler, Garden City

Two more cities in the Coastal Empire will officially welcome new leadership on Monday, Jan. 6.

Shirley Sessions sworn in as Tybee Island’s first female mayor

The new year brings a couple of changes to Tybee Island’s city council, including a new mayor.

  Inauguration ceremony held for new Savannah mayor, council members

It was a big day for the city of Savannah.

What’s on tap for S.C. lawmakers in 2020

When lawmakers return to Columbia for the start of the second year of a two-year session, they'll have a lot on their plates.