The Bryan County Board of Elections Office is gearing up for the Nov. 6 general election, and anyone who plans to cast a ballot must be sure they are registered to vote no later than Oct. 9 – just in time for early voting, which runs Oct. 15-Nov. 2.
“It’s so important that everyone knows and understands their options for voting in the Nov. 6 election,” said Bryan County Elections Supervisor Cindy Reynolds. “There are just a few important dates to remember and three methods for casting ballots, so we hope to increase voter turnout and participation by going over all that information now and being as transparent as possible.”
Anyone who needs to register to vote can do so by going to the Secretary of State’s website at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. Voters can also check their registration status on the Secretary of State’s site to ensure they encounter no surprises concerning eligibility on Election Day.
Then Oct. 15-Nov. 2, early voting sites will be available at three sites across Bryan County: the commissioners’ meeting room in the county courthouse at 42 Courthouse Drive in Pembroke; the commissioners’ meeting room in the County Administrative Complex at 66 Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive in Richmond Hill; and the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center in J.F. Gregory Park at 600 Cedar St. in Richmond Hill.
Early voting is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15-Nov. 2 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Those who are unable to vote early and can’t make it to the polls on Election Day can request an application for an absentee ballot from the Secretary of State's website, www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
Once this application has been received, a ballot will be mailed to the requester, who can return it through the mail. Voters who choose this option need to request absentee ballots by Nov. 2.
Voters can also access a sample ballot on the Secretary of State’s website. Some of the key races that will be decided on include governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state school superintendent, 1st Congressional District U.S. representative and 1st District state senator.
Depending on where they reside in the county, many Bryan County voters will also select county commissioners and board of education representatives. In addition, the ballot contains several constitutional amendments and statewide referendums regarding homestead and tax exemptions.
“Anyone with questions or residents who are uncertain about an aspect of the procedure should not wait to reach out for help. Everyone has a right to vote, but these are solid deadlines and there will be no exceptions,” Reynolds said.
She said she urges all residents to go online and view their sample ballots ahead of time so when they step into the voting booth, they’re already done their research and are prepared to cast their votes.
For more information on the Nov. 6 election, visit www.bryancountyga.org/government/departments-a-g/elections/elections. The landing page, which is created specifically to inform voters about the upcoming election, contains important dates, polling locations, operation times and more.
Reynolds also may be reached at email@example.com or 912-653-3859.