U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson

In this Sept. 26, 2018 file photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, on Capitol Hill in Washington. 

More show interest in Isakson’s seat

The application process for those interested in Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat ended Monday with some prominent names sending applications to Gov. Brian Kemp.

Kelly Loeffler is the owner of Atlanta’s WNBA franchise. While she has no political experience, she has mentioned political ambitions in the past. The head of the state Department of Human Services, Robyn Crittenden, also applied as did Allen Poole, who leads Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

They join more than 500 other applicants that include U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, state Rep. Jan Jones and Jackie Gingrich Cushman, daughter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Isakson will retire on Dec. 31 and whomever Kemp appoints will have to run for election next year to serve out the last two years of Isakson’s term. Another election for the post will be held in 2022.

Raffensperger says new voting machines are an improvement for the disabled

Georgia’s new voting machines are easier for disabled residents to use and assure voters their ballots are secret, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement.

Voters with disabilities will be able to use the same touchscreen machines as everyone else. The machines are equipped with large print, head sets and hand devices if needed.

Georgia contracted with Dominion Voting Systems for new voting machines that meet federal standards. A pilot program in six counties during this year’s municipal elections did not reveal any major problems, Raffensperger said.

Carr warns Georgians about work-at-home scams

Attorney General Chris Carr says his office is getting more complaints about work-at-home scams and they are becoming more sophisticated.

The scammers are keeping an eye on legitimate job search sites. They glean the names of job seekers and send emails posing as recruiters.

Consumers should be aware of some “red flags” that include requests for money or personal information and an offer a high salary for a job that does not require any experience.

Carr said consumers should do their homework and contact the Better Business Bureau or his office if they believe they have been scammed.