Georgia Primary: 3 things to know if you’re voting today

ATLANTA — Tuesday is a big day in Georgia as hundreds of thousands of people will vote in the primary.

A record 1.2 million people already took part in early voting and absentee voting. State elections officials believe another 400,000 could vote in person Tuesday.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News throughout the day on the how voting is going across the state

Before the March 24 presidential primary was delayed because of the coronavirus threat, nearly 289,000 voters cast ballots.

It’s not just voting for your favorite presidential nominee -- We're talking about elected officials who have a direct impact on our day-to-day lives: Local leaders, like county commissioners, sheriffs and judges are on the ballot.

But we are in a pandemic so voting will look different.


Here are three things you should know before heading to your voting place.

  1. Get ready for long lines. Social distancing, all the extra cleaning and new voting machines will lead to long wait times.
  2. If you still have an absentee ballot, don’t put it in the mail. You now have to take it to the county’s register’s office for it to count.
  3. If you’ve requested an absentee ballot and haven’t received it yet, you can still vote in person. Just let election officials know you want your absentee ballot nullified.


If you plan on voting in person, here’s what you can expect:

  • Voters will stand six feet apart.
  • You'll use hand sanitizer when checking in.
  • In some counties, voters will use a tap a touchscreen with a stylus instead of a finger.
  • Officials ask that you stay home if you are sick.