Georgia postpones presidential primary over coronavirus pandemic

Georgia will delay its presidential primary slated for later this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, the second state to take such a measure.

The primary vote originally slated for March 24 will now take place on May 19. In-person early voting, which began on March 2, has been halted.

“Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, and the community at large,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement announcing the delay.

The decision came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgie rose to at least 66. Gov. Brian Kemp earlier Saturday declared a public health emergency in the state urging houses of worship, school and other institutions to cancel large gatherings.

Louisiana on Friday became the first state to announce it would push back its presidential primaries, with officials delaying the vote from April 4 to June 20.

With Post wires

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