In the midst of so much bad news yesterday there is a small piece of good news: the voter registration deadline for the Congressional District 6 race between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel has been extended.
Thanks to a lawsuit from the NAACP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and other groups, the deadline to register to vote for the June 20 special election run-off has been extended through May 21. This means that anyone who lives in that district now has until May 21 to register to vote in the special election run-off.
The federal judge did not mandate that the state publicize this change in his ruling, however a spokesperson from Sec. of State Brian Kemp’s office said they will comply with the new voter registration deadline.
On a day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed campus carry, Trump issued a “religious freedom” executive order, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed Trumpcare aka the AHCA, this good news should not be missed.
Last week, Trump used his visit to the National Rifle Association conference in Atlanta to campaign for Karen Handel, clearly leaning into this election as a referendum on his waning popularity. It’s been widely reported that he told her “you’d better win,” during his trip.
“She’s totally for the NRA, and she’s totally for the Second Amendment, so get out and vote,” Trump said during his speech at the NRA conference.
Although Ossoff dominated the special election with 48 percent of the vote — only two percentage points away from winning — the run-off is likely to be a very close race with Republicans rallying their already active base in the north Atlanta suburbs.
Residents can check their registration status and register to vote using the state’s online voter registration system.