A Georgia law just passed last week moves state and local elections from July 15 to May 20, and that means candidates this year will have to make some fast moves to catch and keep voters’ attention.
Meanwhile, voters still will face the usual complications of picking the right ballot to match the state party primary and local nonpartisan races they want to vote on — noting Columbus’ nonpartisan contests will be on each party’s ballot, but picking only a nonpartisan ballot means voting in neither party’s primary.
Voters will have to choose quickly, if they vote early, as the Georgia General Assembly’s moving state contests to coincide with federal elections means that everything in the schedule moves up.
Everything, that is, except the runoff, should one ensue. The runoff will be July 22, from May 20 a stretch of nine weeks — a challenge for candidates trying to keep voters engaged during the summer.