ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials will mail a form that can be used to request an absentee ballot to all 6.9 million registered voters in the state, after opting to postpone the state’s March 24 presidential primaries to May because of the new coronavirus.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the move in a statement Tuesday and encouraged as many voters as possible to vote by mail, as the virus continued to spread. Voters in Georgia can vote absentee by mail without needing to give an excuse.
Georgia became the second state in the country, after Louisiana, to postpone its presidential primaries earlier this month. Early voting was halted midstream and the state’s March 24 presidential primary elections were moved to May 19, when Georgia’s other 2020 primary elections are set to be held.
“Georgia’s most vulnerable, those over age 65 and those with a disability, can request absentee ballots for the primary and general election as well as all elections through the 2020 election cycle with this one application,” according to the news release from Raffensperger’s office. “Other voters will need to submit another application for future elections.”
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Georgia pushed past 1,000 Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 32.