Totenberg said she will consider whether the state should waive the postage requirement in future elections.
“The court believes that plaintiffs’ original request for … relief, requiring prepaid return envelopes for all absentee ballot applications and mail-in absentee ballots, presents an important question necessitating prompt review,” Totenberg wrote in her order.
Unprecedented numbers of Georgia voters plan to cast their ballots by mail in the primary, avoiding the risk of catching the coronavirus at in-person voting locations.
Raffensperger mailed absentee ballot request forms to the state's 6.9 million active voters. More than 1 million of them had already returned those requests through Thursday, Raffensperger said.
Voters can mail their absentee ballots, hand them in at precincts or insert them into drop boxes available in some counties. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has said it will deliver ballots without stamps, even though ballot envelopes tell voters to use postage.
In-person voting locations must also remain open, both during three weeks of early voting and on election day, according to state law.