During the final week leading up to the Nov. 2 general election, Bulloch County voters now have two locations to choose from for advanced voting.
In addition to early voting at the Bulloch County Courthouse, voters can now cast ballots at one of four voting machines this week at the Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive.
Bulloch County Deputy Registrar Shontay Jones said the public has responded favorably to her office's decision to add the additional location, which increases the number and accessibility of voting machines.
"(The poll workers) said the people that came there to vote enjoyed it," Jones said. "Especially for our elderly or handicapped voters, that location is a lot more accessible to them with the larger number of parking spaces and being able to pull right up to the door."
As of Monday noon, 1,516 people had cast early voting or absentee ballots. According to state records, there were 38,415 registered voters in Bulloch County as of Oct. 1.
Jones said folks looking for information about the upcoming election should visit the "My Voter Page" at the Georgia Secretary of State's website - www.sos.ga.gov/mvp. Jones said that was a good starting point for voters who have not seen the ballot, have not read the referendums or simply need their precinct and voting location information.
"The site has been very helpful for those who are not aware of everything that's on the ballot," Jones said. "(By visiting the site), they can know exactly what their voting ballot will look like so they can do their homework and it won't take them so long in the voting booth."
Armed with just a first initial, last name, date of birth and county of residence, a potential voter can use the website to find their polling precinct and location, see a list of qualified candidates, read the proposed constitutional amendments and statewide referendums, request an absentee ballot or view the current sample ballot. Users can also find links to web pages of current elected officials, view state district maps or even change the address on their voter registration card.
Advanced voting, at either the courthouse or the Honey Bowen building, is available today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be open during the lunch hour, as well. Any requests for absentee ballots must be received by the registrar's office by 5 p.m. Friday and completed absentee ballots must be at the office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2.
Phil Boyum may be reached at (912) 489-9454.