Barrow County Elections supervisor Katie Ferm believes Nov. 2 could be a good day at the polls. As of Oct. 1, 495 people have voted early in person. Ferm said the turnout so far is a good indication that Election Day could be busy.
Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election began Monday, Sept. 20 and ends on Friday, Oct. 29 in all Georgia counties. In Barrow County, early voting is being held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barrow County Elections Office located at 233 E. Broad Street in Winder. The last day to cast an early ballot is Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.
During the early voting period, the Barrow County Elections Office, in partnership with the Barrow County Health Department, will offer a “Vote and Vax” program. The health department will offer free TDAP and Pneumonia vaccine to those 18 years of age and older. Flu Shots will be available for $25. Vaccines will be given in the county administration building. You do not have to be a registered voter to participate.
Absentee voting is also underway. To obtain an absentee ballot application, sample ballot or voter registration application, call the elections office at 770-307-3110 or visit the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at http://www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.
The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 29. Completed absentee ballot applications may be mailed to the Barrow County Board of Elections and Registration, 233 E. Broad Street, Winder, Ga. 30680 or faxed to 770-307-1054.
Completed absentee ballots must be received by the voter’s county elections office by the close of polls on Election Day.
The deadline to register or update voter registration is Monday, Oct. 4. Voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date.
For more election and voting information, visit the My Voter Page (MVP) at http://www. sos.ga.gov/mvp. The MVP site allows voters to find early voting and polling locations, check their registration status, track the status of their absentee ballot and more.
“The MVP e-government solution provides an invaluable educational resource for voters,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “We want to put as much information in the hands of the voter as we can, in an easy-to-use format. The goal is for every voter in the State of Georgia to have the information he or she needs to be able to make the voting process work for them.”
Kemp also encouraged Georgians to assist his agency with preventing election fraud. The Stop Voter Fraud website allows Georgians to report questionable election activity online or via the Stop Voter Fraud hotline. Citizens who witness questionable election-related activity can submit a Stop Voter Fraud form at: www.sos.ga.gov/ StopVoterFraudsos.ga.gov/StopVoterFraud> or call the Secretary of State’s Voter Fraud Hotline at 877-725-9797.
Voters who cast their ballot inperson or on Election Day will be required to show one of the following forms of photo ID:
•A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired.
•Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
•Valid U.S. passport.
•Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state.
•Valid U.S. military photo ID.
•Valid tribal photo ID.
Voters without one of these forms of photo identification may obtain a free voter ID card at their county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail.
For additional information about Georgia’s photo ID requirement please visit www.GAPhotoID.comgaphotoid.com/>.
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.