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Yes, it is another election year - primaries are in November - and this time we don't have to deal with those blasted Florida voters.
As such, the Columbia County Board of Elections and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce are promoting May as Voter Registration Month, featuring four consecutive weekends of registration drives at various county locations.
Voting is "the only way to get anything done politically," said Nancy Gay, the registration coordinator for the Columbia County Board of Elections. "County, state, federal - you have to vote if you want to have any voice to be heard."
Come November there won't be any lockboxes, no Saturday Night Live skits mocking Roy Barnes or Linda Schrenko, but voting for the state and local officials selected by this primary is just as important as that other, more glamorous election.
"This affects your daily life, your homefront," Gay said.
County commissioners elected in November are a Columbia County resident's first forum for political action when change is necessary.
"This affects every aspect of where you live."
Currently there are 58,628 registered voters in Columbia County. In the 2000 mid-term election, only 23 percent of the then-46,000 registered voters turned out at the polls, a number Gay said is average for a primary.
"I don't think people pay enough attention to it," she said.
Registering to vote is easy, requiring only a name, address, social security number and a date of birth. Anyone who can't make it to one of the upcoming registration drives can register anytime at most public libraries, the city halls of Grovetown and Harlem, the Department of Motor Vehicles or the offices of the board of elections. For more information, call the Columbia County Board of Elections at 868-3355.
Where to go
ALL VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES WILL LAST FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Wal-Mart, 260 Bobby Jones Expressway., Martinez
Food Lion, 806 Lewiston Road, Grovetown
SATURDAY, MAY 11
IGA, 575 W. Milledgeville Road, Harlem
K-Mart, 3830 Washington Road, Martinez
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Circle K, 8125 Appling-Harlem Road, Appling
Kroger, 4115 Columbia Road, Martinez
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Wal-Mart, 4471 Washington Road, Evans
Food Lion, 365 S. Belair Road, Martinez
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