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It’s Runoff Election Day in Georgia!

Your AM Rundown: Plus, the Atlanta City Council proposes a bill to protect renters amid housing crisis.

Voters will be hitting the polls for key runoff races throughout metro Atlanta and the state. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • It’s election runoff day in part two of the primary election season. Polls open at 7 a.m. Several undetermined races are still on the table. Black candidates vying for statewide offices, like Dee Dawkins-Haigler, still have the chance to make history if they can secure enough votes to see the November primary election. Only two Black candidates have ever been elected to statewide offices. To find your local voting precinct, check out the My Voter Page website.
  • As a result of new election laws, officials saw a significant drop in early voter turnout for the June 21 runoffs compared to the May 24 primary. Under Senate Bill 202, Georgia voters had just one week to cast their vote for the runoff after previously having three weeks. Officials report that only 138,000 residents voted during the early voting period versus the 795,000 people who voted in the May 24 primary. 
  • Speaking of midterm elections, some of the contenders for public office had the Peach State making national headlines last week. Check out our state and local politics reporter Chauncey Alcorn’s latest Political Reporter’s Notebook
  • In an attempt to address the rising housing crisis, the Atlanta City Council is proposing a new resolution that will promote renter protections. The proposed “Tenant Bills of Rights,” which cites motions, such as rent control and due process proceedings for tenants facing eviction, is expected to go before the full council today.
  • While we’re on the topic of housing, do you live in Fulton County? If so, this news is for you! County officials say that residents should expect their latest tax assessments to arrive starting this week. You have until Aug. 1 to appeal the assessment. For more information, you can call the Fulton Board of Assessors’ office at (404)-612-6440 or visit their website.

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