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Deadline for registration drawing near
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Bryan County residents who wish to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election have just over a week to meet the Oct. 9 voter registration deadline.
The Tuesday deadline — rather than the usual Monday cutoff — is due to the Columbus Day holiday, according to Bryan County Chief Registrar Warren Miller.
Miller said there has been a recent increase in voter registrations. He said when there is a presidential election, officials will often see a slight hike in registrations.
“Usually around this time it increases, and we’ve been getting more than usual,” he said.
The county currently has about 21,000 registered voters, Miller said.
He said that during the 2008 presidential election, about 75 percent of Bryan County’s registered voters turned out. He expects this year’s election to bring similar numbers.
“We’re thinking (turnout this year) will probably be fairly similar,” Miller said. “It’s hard to predict these things, but presidential elections tend to bring more.”
Miller said there are about 21,000 registered voters in the county, the majority of which live in the southern end.
There are also two local contested races on the ballot, District 1 county commissioner and District 4 Board of Education seats, which will likely also garner increased participation, Miller said.
While Miller said “the sooner you get your application in the better,” those who wait until Tuesday should take their forms into the post office and request they be postmarked.
“We usually tell people if they’re going to mail that day, walk it in the post office,” he said. “They are not required to postmark it unless it’s requested.”
If someone is unsure of their registration status, Miller encourages residents to visit the Secretary of State’s website feature called “My Voter Page” at
“It only works for registered voters, but you can put in your last name, first initial and date of birth, and it’ll show you your sample ballot and pretty much anything you need to know (about voting),” Miller said.
Anyone registering to vote must show proof of U.S. citizenship, residency of Georgia and residency in the county in which they wish to cast a ballot. Those registering also must be at least 17 and a half years old but 18 to vote.
Voter registration forms can be found at various locations throughout the county, including the county courthouse in Pembroke and the County Administrative Complex in Richmond Hill. Forms are also available in city halls in Pembroke and Richmond Hill, and also at both public libraries, as well as online at and
Forms can be dropped off at the County Administrative Complex in Richmond Hill or at the Voter Registration Office in Pembroke. Residents can also mail the forms to the Voter Registration Office at P.O. Box 1526, Pembroke, Ga., 31321, or to the Secretary of State’s office at Elections Division, 802 Floyd West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30334.
For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s website at, or call the Voter Registration Office at 653-3859.

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