Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Georgia elections officials still don’t know when 2020 primary will be held

Presidential contenders are already beating a path to Georgia to start earning votes for next year’s primary. What’s not certain yet is when that vote will be held.

Georgia is one of a handful of states that has yet to set a date for the 2020 presidential primary, according to the elections law FrontloadingHQ site

Prior to the 2012 presidential cycle, state lawmakers gave the secretary of state the power to decide the date of the presidential primary, but newly elected Brad Raffensperger has yet to address the issue. 

His staff isn’t ready to talk about it, either, and has ignored several written requests for comment on the issue.

It’s presumed that Georgia will hold the 2020 primary on March 3, joining California, Texas, Massachusetts and a bloc of southern states that has already picked that date. 

And Gov. Brian Kemp, who helped orchestrate a similar pairing of votes in 2016, has expressed support for another “SEC primary” next year

Raffensperger, who eked into office with a runoff win, is likely to follow Kemp’s lead. But until he makes his move, the timing of the vote is in limbo.  

Insider’s note: This item was ripped from the Jolt. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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