FAQs about the June 9, 2020 Primary

FAQs about the June 9, 2020 Primary

When is the next election?

Due to the Public Health State of Emergency, Georgia’s Secretary of State has postponed both the Presidential Preference Primary, originally scheduled for March 24, and the General Election Primary, originally scheduled for May 19. Both primaries are now scheduled for June 9.

  • In-person early voting will resume on May 18 and run until June 5. However, in-person voting locations will likely be limited due to COVID-19-related health concerns.

Who should vote in the June 9 Primary?

All registered voters. Regardless of whether you voted in March, there will be new races on your ballot in June. These include U.S. senate races, state legislature races, and other local races. Make your voice heard!

I voted in the primary in March. Do I need to vote again in the June Primary?

Yes! There will be different races on the ballot in June than there were on your ballot in March.

  • If you voted in March, those votes count so long as they were received by your county before March 24, 2020. Voting in June does NOT void your March vote.

How should I cast my vote in the June 9 Primary?

Due to COVID-19-related uncertainties about conditions in June, the Democratic Party of Georgia is encouraging all voters to vote by mail for the June 9 Primary. Voting by mail is convenient and safe.

  • Resources about voting by mail, including a step-by-step guide for requesting and completing the application, can be found HERE.

I already applied to vote by mail for the now-cancelled May 19 Primary. Do I need to apply again?

No. All Vote-by-Mail applications submitted with the May 19 date will automatically be processed and counted for the June 9 Primary.

In early April, the Secretary of State mailed out applications to vote by mail to 6.9 million Georgia voters. This application indicated it was for the now-cancelled May 19, 2020 primary date. If you returned this application, you do not need to submit another application. You will receive a ballot by mail for the June 9 Primary.

I already applied to vote by mail for the primary scheduled for March 24. Do I need to apply again?

It depends. If you submitted your application in 2020, and you indicated on your application that you are 65 or over, physically disabled, or a UOCAVA voter, then you do not need to submit another application—you will continue to receive ballots by mail for the entire 2020 election cycle. If you do not fall into any of these categories, then yes, you need to apply to vote by mail again.

I’m not sure whether I’ve applied to vote by mail already. Can I just submit another application?

Yes. There is no penalty for submitting another application. Indicate you are applying to vote by mail for the June 9 Primary.

I am not registered to vote but I want to participate in the June 9 Primary. Can I still register to vote?

The voter registration deadline for the June 9 Primary is May 11. Call the Voter Protection Hotline, 888-730- 5816 if you need help registering!

What other deadlines should I be aware of?

If you haven’t already done so, get your application to vote by mail submitted as quickly as possible. Counties will be processing an unusually high volume of applications, so don’t delay.

Once you receive your ballot for the June 9 Primary in the mail, fill that out and submit it as quickly as possible, too. TO COUNT, IT MUST BE IN THE POSESSION OF YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE BY 7 PM ON JUNE 9, 2020. A ballot that is postmarked on June 9 will NOT count!

Wow. This is super helpful. Does the Democratic Party of Georgia have any additional vote by mail resources I should be aware of?

We’re so glad you asked.

  • Voters who did not receive a Vote-by-Mail application in the mail can download an application here.
  • Step-by-step instructions on completing and submitting the application to vote by mail are available here. Most voters need to apply before every election, but voters who are over 65 years old, disabled, or live overseas can request to automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election through January 2021.
  • Vote-by-Mail APPLICATIONS may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed to the county in which a voter is registered.
  • Vote-by-Mail BALLOTS must be returned by mail (two stamps!) or in person, and must be RECEIVED by (not sent to!) your county by 7pm on June 9.
  • Track the status of your vote by mail application and ballot here.

For additional information, call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s

Voter Protection Hotline: (888) 730-5816