The 2020 Georgia Primary Election is right around the corner. After being postponed twice, the election will be held on June 9, 2020. Many people are unaware of what the Primary Election means and who the candidates are. With the majority of the voting taking place from home, it’s easy to quickly Google the candidates and their platforms.
Georgia’s primary voting is the voting of the state and local seats. The Senate, House of Representatives, district attorneys, sheriffs, and judges are what will be voted on. With the recent events stemming from the racial injustice we’ve witnessed over the past couple of months, it’s important that we invoke our right to vote.
Absentee voting is encouraged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, you should request an absentee ballot as soon as possible. You can check your voting information at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. While on that website, you’ll also find which voting district you’re in, as well as links to who is running in those districts.
Current President Donald Trump (R) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will be on the ballot. These are the main two candidates who will continue to run for the presidency. Presidents are responsible for signing bills into law, vetoing legislation, appointing federal judges and executive department heads, and issuing executive orders. If you voted before the initial election date, you will receive another ballot without a vote for president.
Senators are just as important as the president. They are the ones who will write and pass legislation and ratify treaties with foreign countries. Senators hold their seats for six years. For the Democratic Party, candidates include Sarah Riggs Amico, Marckeith DeJesus, James Knox, Jon Ossoff, Maya Dillard Smith, Tricia McCracken, and Teresa Tomlinson. David Perdue is the only candidate running for the Republican Party as he currently holds the seat for Georgia.
U.S. House of Representatives
Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives vary between district. During their two-year term, a representative is responsible for beginning the legislation process, offering amendments, and serving on committees. Some of the notable candidates are John Lewis (D), Lucy McBath (D), Angela Stanton-King (R), and Earl “Buddy” Carter (R). Every state has two seats in the House; one Democrat and one Republican. The election dates are June 9th for the first seat and November 3rd for the second seat.
It’s reported that about 1.6 million voters sent in their absentee votes in Georgia. This is a large increase since the 2018 election where only 220,000 voted by mail. More accommodations are being met to ensure everyone is able to vote, especially since there have been changes in the methods of voting. In-person voting is still an option, but social distancing will be enforced. The Atlanta area has set up ballot drop boxes to combat the waiting time for a mail-in ballot. Your vote will be counted towards the election as long as your absentee ballot is received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
As voting is more flexible this year, online information will be helpful. It’s important to educate yourself on the candidates running for office and their platforms. Websites like ballotready.org, ballotpedia.org and vote411.org are great for looking up background information on the candidates and explaining elections further in detail.