Bulloch County voters can submit ballots for the upcoming election beginning next week.
The early voting period for the 2012 General Primary and Nonpartisan election is scheduled to begin Monday, Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones said.
Through July 27, voters hoping to avoid the polls on July 31 can visit the Elections and Registration office at the Bulloch County Courthouse between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register their vote.
During the week before the primary, the Honey Bowen Building — at 1 Max Lockwood Drive — also will be open to voters.
To participate in the early voting period, and on Election Day, residents must produce at least one form of identification.
Acceptable forms of photo identification are a valid Georgia driver’s license (even if expired), a valid state or federal government-issued ID; an employee ID from any branch or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, county or any other entity in this state; a valid U.S. passport; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID. A free voter photo ID card can be obtained from the Board of Elections office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
Voters may also take advantage of mail-out absentee ballots by completing an application at the Bulloch County Courthouse or on the Bulloch Board of Elections website. Absentee ballots are being mailed from June 16 through July 27.
For the first time during a primary, voters will also have an option to vote on a Saturday.
Saturday voting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Bulloch County Courthouse and the Honey Bowen Building.
Several local races — including sheriff, district attorney, and the District 1 Board of Education seat — will be included on primary ballots.
A special election question proposing a 1-cent, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to fund regional transportation projects — commonly called T-SPLOST — will also be presented to voters.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., appears unopposed on the Democratic ballot, but four candidates — Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield — appear on the Republican side for the right to face Barrow to represent the 12th Congressional District in the November general election. The Republican-controlled Legislature redrew the 12th District, including more GOP-dominated areas and taking away Barrow’s home base of Savannah. Barrow moved to Augusta in March.
For more information about elections, or to view a sample ballot, people can visit the website vote.ga.gov. The site provides registration information, directions to polling places, and times and dates of voting periods.
For more information, call the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration at (912) 764-6502.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.