Are You Prepared for the New Voting System in the Primary Election

Amanda Cooper
February 19, 2020 - 6:00 am

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In Georgia, the presidential primary and special elections are slotted for March 24th, and it will be the first time that Georgia voters use the new voting machines statewide.  

Grassroots organizations say they are carefully monitoring voter suppression issues at the polls. FairFightAction, which was founded by former Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, is advocating for voters nationwide and have taken legal action to change state legislation that they say discourages and disenfranchises voters. 

Secretary of State  Brad Raffensperger, says that it is his top priority to secure Georgia’s election systems. This effort comes after 1.6 million voters were purged from the voter rolls from 2010-2018,  nearly 30,000 voters were forced to vote on provisional ballots and in addition to thousands of absentee ballots being lost or rejected.

With the delivery of more than 75,000 computers and printers designated for 2,600 voting precincts across the state. Georgia made U.S. history with the most massive rollout of elections equipment. To ensure a secure and accurate election process, the Secretary of State's office is providing an educational website called The site offers resources, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the new machines.

Watch as this educational step by step video provides a visual on how to use the paper ballot system.

The deadline to register to vote in the March 24th election is February 24th. Visit where you can register to vote online, check your voting status, find out your poll location, and your early voting locations. You can also find out who your local and state elected officials are and verify your registration information on file with the county office. 

In addition, listed below are national, local, and state offices election dates along with voter registration dates for each election. 


Elections                                              Voter Registration Deadline       Election Date

Presidential Preference Primary and              February 24, 2020              March 24, 2020

Special Election


Special Election Runoff                                 February 24, 2020             April 21, 2020


General Primary Election, Nonpartisan         April 20, 2020                   May 19, 2020

General Election, and Special Election


General Primary Runoff, Nonpartisan           April 20, 2020                   July 21, 2020

General Runoff, and Special Runoff


Elections for Local & State Offices   Voter Registration Deadline      Election Date

General Primary Runoff Election for            June 22, 2020                      July 21, 2020

Federal Offices 


General Election and Special Election         October 5, 2020                   November 3, 2020


General Election and Special Election         October 5, 2020                  December 1, 2020

Runoffs for Local and State Offices


General Election Runoff for Federal            December 7, 2020               January 5, 2021


Polling hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.