Georgia Democrats Host Press Conference Call On Georgia’s Election Delay, Call For Reforms

April 10, 2020

ATLANTA – Today, the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) held a press conference call to discuss what Georgia’s primary election delay means for Georgians’ voting rights, and how the DPG is fighting to make sure all Georgians can cast their ballots by mail.

Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Nikema Williams said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic is already devastating Georgia families, and we can’t ask voters to choose between their democracy and their health — we must protect both. We do not know when it will be truly safe for Georgians to vote in person again, so the Secretary of State must ensure that vote by mail is fully accessible and open to all Georgia voters. We cannot allow Georgia and national Republicans to use a global health emergency as an excuse to further suppress the vote in Georgia, and Georgia Democrats will work around the clock to preserve our democracy.”

Democratic Party of Georgia Voter Protection Director Saira Draper said:

“Our top priority is to make sure that every single Georgia voter can cast their vote safely and without barriers. The Democratic Party of Georgia’s voter protection team is fully prepared to combat voter suppression at every level as we support Georgians throughout the voting process. This is going to be a record-breaking election year on many fronts, and our team will fight tooth and nail to make sure all Georgians can cast their ballots without risking their health.”

The Democratic Party of Georgia is advocating for several policies to ensure that all Georgia voters can safely cast their ballot by mail, including: 

  • Mailing ballots to every registered Georgia voter throughout all elections in 2020.
  • Prepaying postage on every ballot and application to vote by mail  throughout all elections in 2020.
  • Guaranteeing that all ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted.

The DPG maintains a 24 hour voter protection hotline to serve all voters in the state at every step of the voting process. Any Georgia voter can contact the hotline for assistance casting their ballot by calling 888-730-5816.


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