The 2020 general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. AJC file photo
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Election 2020: What to know about elections in metro Atlanta

The year 2020 will include a presidential election and a rare vote involving both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats, making this year a busy one for Georgia voters.

Georgia will have elections for two U.S. Senate seats in 2020 because of a special election after the announced retirement of Republican Johnny Isakson. Republican David Perdue will be running for re-election in the other Georgia Senate seat. Perdue and any challengers will appear first in the state primary election in May. Republican Kelly Loeffler, appointed to replace Isakson, will appear on a special election ballot in November to decide whether she or a challenger will serve the remaining months of Isakson’s term. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins and the Rev. Raphael Warnock are running against Loeffler.

Georgia has set March 24 as the date for its 2020 presidential primary. State and local primary elections scheduled for Tuesday May 19 will include the Georgia Legislature and Georgia’s U.S. House members.

The general election, including the presidential election, will be Tuesday Nov. 3.

> Upcoming: Voter registration deadline for the Georgia presidential primary is February 24

Key presidential election dates across the U.S.

Georgia’s presidential primary

The primary is open, meaning voters have a choice whether to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

Feb. 24The last day to register in order to vote in the primary.

March 2: Early voting begins.

March 14: The one Saturday that counties are required to offer early voting.

March 24: Primary election day.

Early voting information

> Clayton County early voting

> Cobb County early voting

> DeKalb County early voting

> Fulton County early voting

> Gwinnett County early voting

> Information for other counties

Special elections on March 24

In addition to the presidential primaries in metro Atlanta, DeKalb County holds a special election for sheriff. City of Atlanta will hold a referendum on a water and sewer tax extension.

Georgia’s state primary

The primary for state and local elections is Tuesday, May 19. The qualifying period for candidates will be March 2-6.

Who may vote?

To vote, you must be registered. Eligible registered voters must also live in city, county or district where the vote is taking place. To register, or to confirm that you are registered, check with your county elections office, or go online to the Georgia Elections Office overseen by Georgia's Secretary of State. 

Deadlines for voter registration

  • Feb. 24 is the registration deadline for Georgia’s March 24 presidential primary
  • April 20 is the registration deadline for the May 19 general primary election and nonpartisan general election.
  • Oct. 5 is the registration deadline for the Nov. 3 general election.

Future Atlanta and Georgia elections

The next elections for Georgia governor and other state constitutional offices will be in 2022. Gov. Brian Kemp was elected in 2018.

More election coverage from the AJC

Who is running against Kelly Loeffler for Johnny Isakson’s U.S. Senate seat?

Who is running for David Perdue’s U.S. Senate seat?

Collins’ bid for Senate opens up another Georgia House seat

AJC Poll: Georgia’s new senator is playing catch-up with voters

DeKalb: Big field of candidates qualify for DeKalb sheriff special election

Who’s running in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District

Who is running in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District

Election 2020: Inside Georgia’s Senate races

Georgia has set March 24 as the date for its 2020 presidential primary

Election news from the AJC politics team

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