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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Mass Meetings [in counties with populations over 80,000]: Thursday 13 February - Saturday 22 February 2020
Precinct Mass Meetings: Thursday 12 March - Saturday 21 March 2020
District Conventions: Saturday 18 April 2020
Primary: Tuesday 19 May 2020
State Convention: Friday 29 May - Saturday 30 May 2020
76 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 42 re: 14 congressional districts / 3 party / 21 bonus
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Candidates for President must submit their written request to the Georgia Republican Party by 22 November 2019 at 5:00 PM.
Qualified Candidates from the Georgia Secretary of State.
Thursday 13 February - Saturday 22 February 2020: Precinct Mass Meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Conventions. Hours begin at 10:00a EST (1500 UTC).
These Mass Meetings are for counties with populations over 80,000 (Such counties operating under Rule 9.2[A] of the Rules of the Georgia Republican Party may choose one day on which to hold these Mass Meetings throughout said county.
Thursday 12 March - Saturday 21 March 2020: County Conventions meet to elect Delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions (in Counties with a population over 80,000 [see below re: Precinct Mass Meetings and County Conventions in Counties with populations 80,000 and under]).
Thursday 12 March - Saturday 21 March 2020: Precinct Mass Meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Conventions, County Conventions which- in turn- are held on the same date. Hours begin at 10:00a EDT (1400 UTC).
These Mass Meetings are for counties with populations 80,000 and under (Such counties operating under Rule 9.2[A] of the Rules of the Georgia Republican Party may choose one day on which to hold these Mass Meetings throughout said county; in addition, the County Convention may be held on the same day as these Mass Meetings in such counties).
Saturday 18 April 2020. Congressional District Conventions meet in each Congressional Districts to elect the National Convention District Delegates according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary. Hours begin at 10:00a EDT (1400 UTC).
The date of the primary will be set by the Georgia Secretary of State who has the discretion to set it between 1 December 2019 and 9 June 2020. The decision must be made no later than 1 December 2019. On 19 June 2019, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (Republican) set the date to 24 March 2020.
14 March 2020: Due to the COVID-19 virus, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger moved the Presidential Primary from 24 March to 19 May.
Georgia does not register voters by party. Voters publicly declare party preference when they request a primary ballot or Presidential Preference Primary ballot. Records showing the voters' choice are public record.
All 76 of Georgia's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to presidential contenders in today's Presidential Primary. There are 2 possible formulas used to allocate Georgia delegates-- if the Presidential Primary is prior to 15 March use the math described in Rules of the Georgia Republican Party 7.3(C); if the Primary is on or after 15 March, as it is in 2020, use 7.3(B).
Georgia Code § 21-2-193 requires the Executive Committee of both state parties to submit a list of candidates to appear on the presidential ballot.
Georgia Code § 21-2-196: "... a delegate or ... shall file a qualification oath ... pledging support ... to the candidate ... for the office of President ... for whom they are selected to support. The oath shall state that the delegate ... affirms to support such candidate until the candidate is either nominated ... or receives less than 35 percent of the votes for nomination ..., or until the candidate releases the delegates.... No delegate shall be required to vote for such candidate after two convention nominating ballots..."
Georgia Code § 21-2-197: "Any delegate to a national convention whose presidential candidate withdraws ... shall be an unpledged delegate ..."
Friday 29 May - Saturday 30 May 2020. The State Convention meets in Cobb County to elect 31 At-Large Delegates to National Convention plus the National Commiteeman and National Committeewoman according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary.
In Presidential Election Years, the State Convention shall elect the National Commiteeman and National Committeewoman and Delegates at Large ... to the Republican National Convention in accordance with Rule 7.3. [Rules 7.1]
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.
|Links Links to other web sites|
|• Elections Division of the Secretary of State's Office|
|• Georgia Secretary of State - Elections Division|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Georgia General Assembly|
|• Georgia House Republican Caucus|
|• Georgia Republican Party|
|Media & others|
|• Athens Banner-Herald|
|• Atlanta Journal-Constitution|
|• Barnesville Herald-Gazette|
|• Georgia Politics Unfiltered|
|• Gwinnett Daily Post - Lawrenceville|
|• LaGrange Daily News|
|• Ledger-Enquirer - Columbus|
|• MainStreetNews.com - Northeast Georgia|
|• NewsLink.org - Georgia|
|• Northwest Georgia News - Rome|
|• PoliticalVine.com - Marietta|
|• Politics1.com - Georgia|
|• Savannah Morning News|
|• The Augusta Chronicle|
|• The Citizen - Fayetteville|
|• The Daily Tribune News - Cartersville|
|• The Jackson Herald|
|• The Telegraph - Macon|
|• The Telegraph - Macon|
|• The Times-Herald - Newnan|
|• WAGA TV - FOX - Atlanta|
|• Waycross Journal-Herald|
|• WGCL TV - CBS - Atlanta|
|• WSB TV - Atlanta|
|• WXIA TV - NBC - Atlanta|
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