Closer Look: Gwinnett County, MARTA and Expanding Transit; And More

Chief Deputy Registrar Randy Morrow  told "Closer Look" that their office does not require photo ID at the time of voter registration, and is in compliance with the Secretary of State’s rules and regulations.
Chief Deputy Registrar Randy Morrow told "Closer Look" that their office does not require photo ID at the time of voter registration, and is in compliance with the Secretary of State’s rules and regulations.
Credit Emilia Brock

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Southeast United States later this week. While the intensifying storm may not directly impact Atlanta, those who are planning to fly in, out, or through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport may want to double check their flight status throughout the week. We hear from Andy Gobeil, deputy director in the airport’s office of policy and communications.
  • In other news, the ACLU of Georgia is “urging Baldwin County to comply with state and federal voter registration laws.” In a letter sent to the County Registrar’s Office last week, the organization says the county has been requiring photo identification for voter registration applications. If that’s true, the ACLU of Georgia says the mandate is in violation of state and federal law. The letter also suggests the office does not always remain open during normal business hours. In a call made to Baldwin County this morning, Chief Deputy Registrar Randy Morrow called the accusations completely false. He told Closer Look that their office does not require photo ID at the time of voter registration, and is in compliance with the Secretary of State’s rules and regulations. Regarding the business hours, Morrow says the office is not required to stay open during the lunch hour, from noon to 1 p.m.
  • 4:00: Last week, MARTA’s Board of Directors approved a contract that would allow it to take over and expand transit services in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett’s county commission has approved the contract, as well. Next, Gwinnett voters will have their say on the contract in a special referendum on March 19, 2019. Robbie Ashe, chairman of the MARTA Board of Directors, joins us in studio to tell us more.
  • 31:43: Our conversation on regional mass transit continues with Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. Last month the county commission approved a referendum that will allow voters to decide on whether or not MARTA will expand into Gwinnett County — the vote will take place in March 2019. A conversation with Commission Chair Nash about what expanding MARTA’s presence into the county could mean for Gwinnett’s future.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.