“Georgia delays presidential primary due to coronavirus pandemic”

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Georgia elections officials postponed the presidential primary scheduled for next week because of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the second state forced to push back a vote in the race for the White House due to the outbreak.

The state rescheduled the presidential vote previously scheduled for March 24 until May 19, the same date as the regular primary for a U.S. Senate seat and many other offices, elections officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. 

“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 of State Brad Raffensperger…

Still, voting rights activists applauded the move as a tough but necessary decision. The head of Fair Fight, the group Stacey Abrams launched to promote ballot access, said the delay will help stoke turnout and prove Georgia is a “pivotal battleground state.” 

“Moving the presidential primary to May 19 will allow even more Georgians to participate,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, the organization’s director, “and Fair Fight will be watching to ensure every vote is properly counted.”

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