As the political season builds to its crescendo, Georgia voters will have their first opportunity to cast a general election ballot in person on Monday.
In Columbia County, early voting takes place at the Board of Elections office, in Building E of the government complex in Evans, weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Interest in the election seems high, said Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.
This past Tuesday, the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election, about 400 people visited the office to register, Gay said. In addition, staffers have mailed out more than 2,000 ballots to absentee voters and by midweek nearly 500 of them already had been returned.
The presidential election is at the top of this year’s ballot, along with state Public Service Commission and congressional races.
No Democrats filed for the partisan races in Columbia County this year, so the only contested local race is district attorney, a post that spans three counties.
Voters also will voice their opinion on two state constitutional amendments and decide a local question that could impose term limits on county commissioners.
Because of the interest in this year’s election and the strong turnout it could generate, Gay urged voters to confirm their registration in advance, especially if they registered by mail.
“I would just encourage voters to be prepared by confirming their registration and viewing a sample ballot prior to coming to vote – and be patient if there are any lines,” she said.
Voters can go to the Board of Elections page via the county’s Web site, www.columbiacountyga.gov, toconfirm their registration information and print a sample ballot specifically for their voting precinct.
The precinct is listed on each voter’s card sent out earlier this year – but that card is for information purposes only. Gay said it isn’t needed for voting. Instead, voters must bring a government-issued picture ID with them to cast a ballot.
Early voting will be held at the Board of Elections office through Nov. 2. In addition, voters can visit Patriots Park and Stevens Creek Community Church on Oct. 27 for Saturday voting and all three locations will be open Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 for advance voting. All precincts will be open on election day, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For information, call the Board of Elections office at (706) 868-3355.