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Unless you spend all your time in a hole in the ground and have been spared the political advertisements of the past few months, it’s no great surprise that election time is upon us once again.
That means – if you haven’t already – go vote. Even if you don’t really feel like it. Just go vote.
Thanks to early voting, Georgia residents have had the opportunity to cast their ballot well ahead of the Nov. 2 Election Day. Early voting began in late September and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at two locations – the voter registration office at the courthouse for you North Bryan folks, and the new County Administrative Complex for those in the lower half of the county.
It’s easy to see why some people may think that this is not the most important election, and mid-term elections such as this are often thought of that way. On the local front, only one race is contested. And if you don’t live in District 4, you won’t see that contested race on your ballot.
In fact, you may not see a local race on your ballot at all. That’s because not all of Bryan County’s five districts have seats that are up for grabs this year – namely District 3 of South Bryan, currently served by Glen Willard on the board of commissioners and Charles Johnson on the board of education. And folks voting for districts 1, 2 and 5 may have to look closely for their local candidates since there will only be one name in the district box.
Uncontested races rarely do much to help voter turnout in any given election. But if you don’t feel like hitting the polls just to vote for someone who’s going to win anyway, do to tap your pick for governor or the U.S. Senate, or any other state or federal seat. But especially do it to vote on the state constitutional amendments that grace this year’s ballot. At least one, if not more, of the five amendments voters will decide on in a little more than a week has the potential to affect you personally – whether it’s in the form of a $10 fee for you license plate or the chance to start your own small business.
So if you’re worried about crowded polls on Election Day, you still have a week to vote early. And if you’re about not understanding the ballot when you get to the poll, get online and go to, where you can enter your first initial, last name, the county you live in and your birthday to see a copy of the ballot you’ll be voting on.
Now go vote.
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