Georgia election officials postponed the state’s presidential primary election scheduled for March 24 due to concerns of over the coronavirus, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday.
Election officials are moving the primary to May 19. Early voting for the primary will resume again shortly before the new voting date.
“Events are moving rapidly and my highest priority is protecting the health of our poll workers, their families, and the community at large,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told the Journal-Constitution.
On Friday Louisiana became the first state to postpone their primary due to concerns over the virus, pushing their primary from April 4 primary to June 20.
One of my biggest worries about coronovirus is that it will be used to push out a bunch of really bad policies. Paid sick leave mandates, universal healthcare, closing schools, online voting, etc.
In the back of my mind, I started wondering if some in government might use this as an opportunity to shut out the pubic completely in some cases. They are already shutting down public hearings, large public gatherings, and government buildings. They are already dictating policy and law by executive fiat instead of a legislative process at the federal and state levels. Now they are postponing elections. Do they cancel them and just leave the incumbents in place? I know it seems like a stretch, but we are already allowing our government to do things that are unprecedented except in time of war. People act strange in a crisis and bad people will use that fear as an opportunity to get their way. Such things are not unprecedented in the history of the human experience.