Ga. Makes History: 1 Million Absentee Ballot Requests for June Primary

“This is unprecedented,” says Ga. Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperg.

April 30, 2020
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By Amanda Cooper

The primary election is less than forty days away and Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger says his office is ready.

During a press conference at the state capitol, Raffensperger announced the state made history. He shared that his office has received 1 million absentee ballot requests and they believe the number will increase. 

Due to safety concerns from coronavirus pandemic, Raffensperger has been pushing Georgians to utilize absentee mail-in ballots instead of voting in-person. The messaged was well-received, Raffensperger says “650,000 ballots have already been placed in the mail to voters, so they can vote from the safety of their own homes.” 

His decision is being opposed by some, The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Georgia filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Black Voters Matter challenging the constitutionality of requiring voters to buy postage stamps when submitting mail-in absentee ballots and mailing in absentee ballot applications.  Some state Democrats believe the pushing of absentee voting is a form of voter suppression, which Raffensperger addressed in a tweet.

The original date of the election was March 24. It was rescheduled for May 19 and extended again to June 9.

To learn more about the status of your absentee ballot, visit My Voter Page,