Speaker Ralston Asks SOS Raffensperger to Change Primary Date

Georgia Speaker David Ralston sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this morning requesting a postponement in date of the upcoming primary from May 19 to June 16.

The letter states:

Dear Mr. Secretary:

Governor Kemp has announced, with the support of Lt. Governor Duncan and myself, that he will renew the declaration of a public health emergency in Georgia for another 30 days, through May 13, 2020.

With this announcement of the extension, I would respectfully submit that an announcement from your office that the May 19 Primary be postponed until June 16 is now appropriate and even more urgent.

There are a multitude of reasons for this action, which I have outlined over the past two weeks. We have seen many reports recently about how impactful a May 19 primary will be on the ability of poll workers to report. Paramount is the health of voters, poll workers and others who must be at polling precincts on Election Day.

I look forward to receiving your order to this effect.


David Ralston, Speaker House of Representatives

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