Primary election voter registration deadline looms

Brian Kemp

Brian Kemp

ATLANTA — Georgia’s May 20 party primary is just over a month away, but a key deadline related to that election is right around the corner.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminded residents this week that the voter registration deadline for the primary is April 21. That means unregistered residents have less than a week to sign up.

The range of races voters will cast ballots in during the election stretched from local offices, such as county commission and school board seats, to state-level seats including governor. Party candidates for Congressional and U.S. Senate seats will also be decided during the primary.

“Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the May 20th Primary Election,” said Kemp in a statement. “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.”

Kemp recently unveiled two online voter registration methods that are now available to Georgians. Residents who have a valid Georgia driver’s license can register at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/. The website also gives registered voters an opportunity to report name and address changes.

The Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” app is the other online tool residents can use to register to vote. The app also lets residents see their sample ballots, find their polling locations, track the status of their absentee ballots and check their voter registration status, officials from Kemp’s office announced.

Registration forms can also be picked up at county elections offices. The Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration office is located in the county’s Historic Courthouse, 121 South McDonough St., in Jonesboro. The Henry County Board of Elections and Registration office is at 345 Phillips Drive in McDonough.

Among the contested state and federal races that will appear on the political parties ballots May 20 are the Republican race for governor. Gov. Nathan Deal is facing re-election challenges within his own party from Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State School Superintendent John Barge.

The winner of the primary will face state Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur) in the November general election. Carter, the grandson of former governor and U.S. President Jimmy Carter, is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the state’s highest seat.

Other races featured on May 20 ballots include a highly-contested U.S. Senate race with national implications, and several Congressional seats. Among the congressional elections is the race to fill the vacant 10th Congressional District, which includes the southeastern third of Henry County.

Of the four congressional districts that represents parts of Clayton and Henry counties, only 5th District Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) is running unopposed in the primary. Lewis will not have any opposition in the general election either. If 3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and 13th District Congressman David Scott (D-Ga.) can survive their primary challenges, they will cruise to re-election without November challengers as well.

Advance voting for the primary will begin April 28.