State Representative Jasmine Clark, a Democrat from Lilburn, announced Wednesday that she plans to pre-file legislation to change the timeline for voting during runoff elections in Georgia. Rep. Clark is pre-filing this legislation based on concerns and issues that were brought to her attention during the state’s most recent runoff election.
“The bill will address the shortened timeline for the election that led to various issues with voters receiving their absentee ballots in time, extremely long lines and many people not having the option for weekend voting,” said Rep. Clark. “Despite record turnout, many voters were unable to participate, and as policymakers, we should strive to make the ballot box accessible to all eligible voters that want to vote. This legislation will allow more voters more opportunities to vote in important runoff elections.”
Through this legislation, Rep. Clark seeks to increase the time between the general and runoff election to six weeks and require two weeks of statewide early voting with at least one mandatory Saturday voting.
This legislation will be formally introduced after the Georgia General Assembly convenes for the 2023 legislative session on Monday, January 9, 2023.
Representative Jasmine Clark currently represents the citizens of District 108, which includes portions of Gwinnett County. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 and currently serves on the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Higher Education, Banks & Banking and Interstate Cooperation committees.