Coronavirus, Politics

Citing Pandemic, House Speaker Ralston Wants To Push Back Georgia’s Primaries Again

In a letter Thursday to the secretary of state, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston writes that “pushing back the primary a month or more gives us more time to allow the situation to improve so that voters can vote in the manner in which they are most familiar.”
In a letter Thursday to the secretary of state, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston writes that “pushing back the primary a month or more gives us more time to allow the situation to improve so that voters can vote in the manner in which they are most familiar.”
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Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is calling for the state’s primaries to be pushed back again.

The Georgia presidential primary, originally scheduled for March 24, has already been delayed until May 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The May ballot will also include local and legislative primary races.

In a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, writes that “pushing back the primary a month or more gives us more time to allow the situation to improve so that voters can vote in the manner in which they are most familiar.”

The secretary of state is encouraging Georgians to vote by mail in May and is sending absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in the state.

Voters will still be able to cast ballots in person for the May primaries. Early voting for that election starts April 27.

Ralston says the state’s primaries should be held no earlier than June 23.

 

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