PSA: The deadline for registering to vote in the Georgia primaries is February 24

If you want to vote in the March 24 presidential primary, act fast

Voting registration deadlines Georgia
Voters cast ballots in Atlanta during a 2018 election.

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The next presidential election is swiftly approaching and on the national political stage, all eyes are focused toward this Saturday’s Nevada caucuses and, of course, Super Tuesday, when 14 states will cast their primary votes on March 3. But here in Georgia, our primary election isn’t until March 24, which means many of you aren’t aren’t even thinking about it right now.

However, if your Georgia voter registration isn’t up to date, you’ll need to plan ahead. The voter registration deadline for the March 24 Presidential primary election is February 24, just a week from today.

The March 24 election will be a primary for both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, although, as the AJC reported, President Donald Trump will be the only candidate on the Republican ballot. The Democratic ballot will have 18 candidates, including some, such as Andrew Yang and Cory Booker, who have already ended their campaigns. The primaries for congressional, state, and local races will be held later, on May 19, but as the registration date for that is April 20, it’s best to go ahead and get registered now before that date sneaks up on you.

To check your voter registration and to register to vote, you’ll need to go to Georgia’s My Voter Page portal. It takes about 10 seconds to check your voter registration and you should—Georgia has a “use it or lose it” law and recently removed thousands of inactive voters, those who had not voted in eight years, from state voter rolls. If you are not registered, you can do it online through the My Voter Page with a valid Georgia driver’s license or state ID. You can also print out a form there to mail in your registration the old-fashioned way. Georgia voters must be U.S. citizens, legal residents of the county they register in, at least 17 and a half years old (you must be 18 on election day in order to vote but can register prior), “not serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude,” and “have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to vote! Get registered here.