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State of Georgia Delays Presidential Primary

Post Date:03/16/2020 8:49 AM
In light of the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has announced that the presidential primary scheduled for March 24 has been delayed to May 19. 

In a statement, Secretary Raffensperger said that in-person early voting, which began statewide March 2, will be halted and the election will be moved to May 19.  “Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families, and the community at large,” said Secretary Raffensperger.

“Our priority is to protect the health and safety of all Georgians and to ensure that as many Georgians as possible have an opportunity to vote,” said state Sen. Nikema Williams, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Continued in-person voting could compromise both goals.  Georgians who have already cast their vote in person or by mail for the March 24 primary will be able to vote again in the May 19 primary for the elections already scheduled for that date.  If Georgians who have already cast their vote for the March 24 primary do not vote again in the May 19 primary, their votes for the presidential preference primary will still count.” 

Secretary Raffensperger has represented that all votes already cast in person and all absentee ballots will be counted and every Georgia voter that has not yet had a chance to cast a ballot in the March 24 elections will be able to do so on May 19, along with the elections already scheduled for that date.

“Given these circumstances, I believe it is necessary and prudent to suspend in-person voting in the Presential Preference Primary, and the local elections associated with them, and resume in-person voting for those elections as part of the already scheduled May 19 General Primary,” Secretary Raffensperger said.
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