A bus load of Richmond Hill High School students went on a short field trip Friday in order to participate in early voting, this time for Bryan County local elections. Students also did the same before the March 1 presidential primary.
“Part of the Georgia standards for their U.S. Government course involves promotion of civic participation,” said social studies teacher Russ Carpenter. “Since voting is the basis of community involvement, it’s an excellent way to teach the curriculum.”
About 35 students went to the Bryan County Administration Building, 66 Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive, to participate.
“Each year, RHHS government teachers register approximately 300 new voters,” Carpenter said. “When possible, we take the students to the polls in an effort to foster a lifelong practice of voting.”
Early voting for the May 24 primary began May 2 and runs through May 20. Voters may cast ballots between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays either at the County Administration Building in south Bryan or in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Bryan County Courthouse, 151 College St. in Pembroke. Voting may also be done from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at either location.
Contested races this year include:
• Commissioners chairman: Carter Infinger and Tim Gaylor
• Probate judge: Jennifer Cox and Billy Reynolds
• Sheriff: Clyde Smith and Cleve White
• Solicitor General: Chet Gregg, Don Montgomery and Andrew Johnson
• Board of Education Vice Chair: Drew Humphries, Audrey Singleton and Karen Krupp
• Board of Education District 2: Dennis Seger and Pauline Phifer