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Deadline to register for Nov. election is next week

Residents who want their opinion to count come Election Day have one more week to register to vote for the Nov. 6 general and special city elections.
    Oct. 9 will mark the final day residents can register to vote for the upcoming elections at the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration Office in the Bulloch County Courthouse, Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones said. 
    All who are unsure of their voting eligibly may check their voting status, find polling locations and view sample ballots by visiting the courthouse in person or going online to vote.ga.gov, she said.
    Voting for races included on this year’s ballots will begin with an Advanced/Early voting period kicking off Oct. 15.
    People can submit early ballots in the Registrar’s Office at the Bulloch County Courthouse Oct. 15 through Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For three days, Oct. 23-25, voters may also fill ballots at the Russell Union on the campus of Georgia Southern University — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Beginning Oct. 29, and lasting through Nov. 2, people can vote early at the Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive, as well.
    And a special Saturday voting period will be held Oct. 27 at both the Bulloch County Courthouse and Honey Bowen Building, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Several offices will be contested in November’s general election, including the country’s most important.
    Voters will have the opportunity to choose between Republican Mitt Romney and incumbent Democrat Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States.
    The seat for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District is also up for grabs. Republican challenger Lee Anderson is running against incumbent Democrat John Barrow. Barrow has held the office since 2005.
    Regionally, Bulloch County voters will choose between incumbent Republican Jan Tankersley and Democrat Marc Silver to represent Georgia’s 160th District in the Georgia General Assembly, and vote for incumbent Teresa Tucker or Liz Johnson for the office of Bulloch County Superior Court Clerk.
    Residents of Statesboro’s District 1 will have an extra office to fill next month.
    In a special city election, held concurrent with the general election, voters will decide among four men vying to fill a Statesboro City Council seat left vacant by Councilman Tommy Blitch, who resigned in August. 
    Radio host and marketing consultant Phil Boyum, local business owners Per Holtze and Jonathan McCollar and restaurant manager Maurice Jackson will appear on ballots of District 1 voters.
    Some residents may have to visit separate polling locations to vote in each election.
    Prospective voters must provide valid identification — a Georgia driver’s license, government ID, passport or tribal identification — to complete a ballot during all early voting periods.
    For more information, call the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration at (912) 764-6502.

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