March 9, 2021

Upcoming May 19 election postponed

(Atlanta, GA) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced today that he is postponing the Georgia’s general primary and presidential preference primary election until June 9, 2020.

Wednesday, Governor Brian Kemp extended the current public health state of emergency until May 13.

“Due to the Governor’s extension of the state of emergency through a time period that includes almost every day of in-person voting for an election on May 19, and after careful consideration, I am now comfortable exercising the authority vested in me by Georgia law to postpone the primary election until June 9,” said Secretary Raffensperger.

The decision will allow office and county election officials to continue to put in place contingency plans to ensure that voting can be safe and secure when in-person voting begins and prioritizes the health and safety of voters, county election officials, and poll workers.

The recent reports of difficulties from county election officials, particularly in Southwest Georgia, grew to a point where county election officials were unable to overcome the challenges brought on by COVID-19 in time for in-person voting to begin on April 27.

According to state officials, current modeling by the CDC and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia will peak around April 24, just days before in-person voting was scheduled to begin.

The voter registration deadline for the June 9 election will be May 11, 2020. Early voting will begin on May 18, 2020.

The primary runoff will be pushed to August 11.

Stay tuned to for further details as they become available.

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