GEORGIA: Primary Election Postponed For Second Time

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger [photo] on Thursday postponed Georgia’s primary election for three weeks, until June 9, as the coronavirus spreads, poll workers quit and voters worry about getting sick at precincts.

The election must be rescheduled because of the health risk if early voting had begun later this month for the primary, previously scheduled for May 19, Raffensperger said. Raffensperger said he lacked the power to delay the election until Gov. Brian Kemp extended Georgia’s public health state of emergency Wednesday.

The Georgia presidential primary had already been pushed back once from its original date of March 24. A second election delay is an unprecedented step to prevent voters from gathering at polling places when they’re supposed to be avoiding human contact.