More than 87,000 registered voters in Columbia County, along with all other voters in Georgia, started receiving new voter registration cards this past weekend.
After redistricting, where district lines are redrawn to reflect population changes, every voter is supposed to get a new voter registration card so you know whose districts you live in.
For a small number of Columbia County voters, however, there was a little confusion when the cards arrived because 44 registered voters who live along Columbia Road mistakenly were assigned the wrong county commission district.
“Thankfully, a very (informed) and observant voter caught the mistake,” said Board of Elections Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay. “She brought it to our attention, we researched it, and immediately fixed the mistake.”
All 44 will receive new registration cards, along with a letter explaining the error, Gay said.
Meanwhile, Gay recommends voters familiarize themselves with the changes in all districts by using electronic tools provided by the county and the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
For the county, voters can go to www.columbiacountyga.gov, click on “maps online,” choose the “layers” tab, and then pull up “Political Representatives.”
Also available at www.sos.ga.gov is the “My Voter Page” on the secretary of state’s Web site. Voters can put in their information requested, and it not only will provide all district information but allow you to print sample ballots, too.
That latter function is pretty important when you consider the upcoming July 31 primary ballots will contain a handful of binding and non-binding questions. It sure wouldn’t hurt to take a few minutes to read through those at your leisure, instead of trying to decipher them while standing in front of a touch-screen.
We ran for Aimee
I managed to run my first 5K race – the Run for Aimee 5K – on Saturday to raise money for Aimee Copeland. She needs nearly $50,000 for a prosthetic leg to replace the one she lost to an infection, and she’ll also need additional prosthetics.
Two days after 500 people ran in the fundraiser, though, she took an even bigger next step in her recuperation when she was released from Doctor’s Hospital to a rehab center.
In addition to the opportunity to help Aimee, the race was big for me, personally, because I’d never run one before. As a result, and as I posted afterward on Facebook, I certainly learned a few things:
1. When it’s this hot, there isn’t enough water.
2. There are few things more humbling than finishing a race, patting yourself on the back, and then watching as a woman with two prosthetic legs finishes a few minutes later. (Jean Law came here from Jacksonville, Fla., with her family to walk in support of Aimee. She lost both lower legs to a similar infection just a year ago. Wow.)
3. There is no shame in being outrun by younger people, which is good, because most of the younger people will outrun you. In my case, apparently, most of the older people will, too.
4. There also is no shame in being outrun by women, and the view certainly is an improvement over the sweaty old guy you just passed. Which, unfortunately, would be me.
5. Finally, endorphins: good. Coming together with 500 people for a great cause: even better.
Many thanks again to the fine folks at the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation and Shepeard Community Blood Center for allowing me to wear their colors during the run.
(Barry L. Paschal is publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Email barry.paschal@newstimes online.com, or call 706-863-6165, extension 106. Follow at twitter.com/