The ballot includes the presidential election, two Public Service Commission seats, Sunday alcohol sales for residents of Orchard Hill and the District 3 County Commission race between Democrat Rita Johnson and Republican Michael Renew. With the exception of the District 3 Commissioner race, all other local races are unopposed.
There are also two statewide constitutional amendments, one to allow state approved charter schools and the other to allow the state to enter into multi-year real estate rental agreements.
Of the county’s approximately 40,000 registered voters more than a third at 13,800, said Elections Supervisor Terry Colling, have voted early, with another 1,150 paper absentee ballots issued. Colling said, “All paper ballots must be in our office on or before Election Day.”
The only exception is military absentee ballots, she said, “which can be postmarked by Election Day and received in our office by close of business on Friday, Nov. 9 and still be counted.”
Elections officials will not start counting the early votes until after the close of polls at 7 p.m.
Colling said anyone casting a ballot on Election Day, must provide a photo ID. The following are valid photo IDS:
• A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;
• A valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including one issued by the Department of Driver Services or the county registrar’s office;
• 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
A registered voter who does not already own one of the valid forms of photo ID voting can obtain one from the Registrar’s office on Election Day and be allowed to vote – providing that they return to the polling place before closing (if time does not allow this, a provisional ballot can be issued).
On Election Day, voters must vote at their designated polling place. Colling said no locations have changed since the last election, however, Colling noted, “those voters who used to vote at the Library were moved to 825 Memorial Drive effective last year with the November 2011 City of Griffin election.”
For those not sure of where to vote, Colling said voters can find out their assigned polling place by calling the Elections Office at 770-467-4245 or visiting the website for the Secretary of State – www.sos.ga.gov. Click on MVP (My Voter Page) and enter the requested information.
The My Voter Page also provides the opportunity for voters download a sample ballot.