Political Notes — More than 5,500 new voters sign up in 6th Congressional District

[private]Because of a federal judge’s order to reopen voter registration in the 6th Congressional District runoff, there will be more — and perhaps many more — than 5,500 eligible voters added to the rolls.

A spokesperson for Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Monday the number of new voters eligible to vote in Cobb, Fulton, and DeKalb counties was 5,532 so far, but added that “county officials are still processing applications.”

That suggests the final tally of newly registered voters could top 6,000 or more.

In a race as close as the one between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff, the two crucial questions are:  How many of those new voters will actually take the time to cast a ballot? And are they more likely to vote for Ossoff or Handel?

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten that reopened registration was handed down in a lawsuit filed against a Republican election official, Kemp, by a coalition of civil rights and voting rights organizations. That could be an indicator that Democrats stand to gain more than Republicans from the increase in eligible voters.

But again, it all comes down to whether the new voters even vote.

More tonnage through the ports

The Georgia Ports Authority reported a major surge in the amount of cargo it handled during a record-breaking month of April.

GPA officials said their facilities handled 333,006 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) during the month, which was an increase of 11.7 percent (34,966 TEUs) compared to April 2016.

Across all of its ports, GPA said its total tonnage increased by 13 percent (334,950 tons) to reach 2.94 million tons, which comprised its busiest April ever.

Another resignation for McIver

The indignities never seem to end for Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver, currently under indictment for the shooting death last year of his wife Diane.

McIver has now resigned his seat on the Putnam County Development Authority after objections were raised about whether someone indicted on felony charges should be serving on the board.

McIver earlier this year gave up his seat on the state elections board, where he had served for nearly 12 years.

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