Voters eager to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election will have the opportunity as early as Monday.
That’s when the first absentee ballots will be mailed out by the Columbia County Board of Elections.
More than 900 absentee-by-mail ballots already have been requested and will be mailed Monday, said Board of Elections Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.
The actual first day for absentees-by-mail is Saturday, but the office is closed that day.
“Voters may send in a written request for a ballot,” Gay said. “We have an absentee application on the county’s Web site, under the Board of Elections tab.
“The last day a ballot can be mailed out is Nov. 2,” she added.
In-person absentee voting begins Oct. 15 at the Board of Elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, in Evans. But for voters who don’t want to wait, they can ask for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them by the following methods:
• In person: Complete and sign the absentee request form at the Board of Elections office, or print out the form from the Web site (www.columbiacountyga.gov) and drop it off.
• By email: Complete, sign and scan the ballot request form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• By fax: Send the documents to (706) 868-3358.
• By mail: Send the signed form to the Columbia County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 919, Evans, Ga., 30809.
After receiving the request, staffers will mail an absentee ballot to the voter. No absentee ballots are are handed out to voters in person, but must be mailed to the voter's address of record, Gay said.
The voter then completes the ballot and returns it by mail or in person to the Board of Elections office. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 6, or by Nov. 9 for overseas military ballots, which still must be postmarked by Nov. 6.
For voters who choose to drop off the completed ballots, the ballot in its sealed envelope may be delivered to the Board of Elections office by the voter. If the voter is disabled, a family member may drop off the sealed envelope.
For more information, call the Board of Elections office at (706) 868-3355.