From now on, the voter registration deadline for all elections in Georgia will be 29 days before election day.
Voters in 94 of Georgia's 159 counties will have runoff elections Aug. 11 for a variety of offices, including seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Georgia General Assembly or local offices.
An attempt to set up different registration deadlines in the 2018 primary runoff resulted in voter confusion and mistakes, according to the secretary of state’s office. Without a uniform voter registration deadline for runoffs, voters could be disenfranchised from elections they should have been eligible for.
Raffensperger changed the voter registration deadline after consulting with the attorney general’s office and determining that the state had to follow federal law.
A bill that would have aligned state and federal voter registration deadlines failed to pass the Georgia General Assembly last month.
There were more than 7.3 million registered voters in Georgia as of the state's voter registration deadline before the June 9 primary.
Voters who have updated their voter registrations since the June 9 primary will be eligible to vote in their new voting locations in the Aug. 11 runoff.
Voters can check their registration status and precinct location on the state's My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
How to register to vote in Georgia
Check whether you're already registered online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Register to vote online if you have a valid Georgia driver's license or identification card at registertovote.sos.ga.gov
Print and mail a voter registration application if you don't have a Georgia driver's license or state ID. Paper applications can be printed from the Georgia Secretary of State Office's website at sos.ga.gov/admin/files/GA_VR_APP_2019.pdf. Registration forms are also available at county elections offices.