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By Amanda Zoch

Georgia—one of the first states to delay a primary election in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic—has delayed its state and presidential preference primaries for a second time.

The Canvass logoThe Peach State’s primaries were originally scheduled for March 24, then rescheduled for May 19. Now, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has announced that the primary elections will take place on June 9.

This second postponement follows the governor’s decision to extend the state of emergency through May 13, which overlaps with much of the early, in-person voting for the May 19 election.

According to Raffensperger, the new election date will not only keep people safer by encouraging them to stay home, but it will also allow the state’s election officials to further develop contingency plans for safe and secure voting.

As states adapt to the pandemic’s disruption of elections, the NCSL Elections team is keeping track of those responses. Find up-to-date legislative and executive actions on COVID-19 and Elections and current state and presidential preference election dates on 2020 Primary Election Dates.

In the April edition of The Canvass, we take a deeper look at how the coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally shifted the 2020 election landscape.

The lead article examines what states have done to protect voters’ and election officials’ safety while also preparing to run elections during a global pandemic—including delaying elections, expanding absentee voting options, shifting to all-mail voting and responding to new hygiene and poll worker needs at polling places.

The newest Canvass also includes an interview with New Mexico Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D), a legislative action bulletin and election news highlights.

Read the full April issue. Email us to subscribe.

Amanda Zoch is an NCSL legislative policy specialist and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow.

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