After three weeks of early voting opportunity ended Friday, Tuesday will be Election Day and the last chance for residents of Brooklet, Register and of Statesboro council Districts 2, 3 and 5 to vote in the 2019 city elections.
As of noon Friday, 282 residents of the three Statesboro districts with City Council contests had voted early in person, reported Bulloch County Election Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones. Another 71 Statesboro voters had requested that absentee ballots be mailed to them, and 18 absentee ballots had been returned.
These were not final numbers because early voting and absentee ballot requests remained available until 5 p.m. Friday. No early voting will be allowed Monday, but absentee ballots may be returned until the close of Election Day voting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
No Register residents had voted early as of noon Friday. Since the county election office handles Register’s town elections, Register residents would have had to vote early in Statesboro.
Regular polls Tuesday
But Tuesday, when traditional polling places will be open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in all three towns, Register’s registered voters will cast their ballots at the usual polling place on Foster Road in Register.
In Brooklet, where early voting was done at City Hall and remained available until 5:30 p.m. Friday, 54 voters had submitted ballots as of noon Friday, and one requested absentee ballot had been mailed.
But Brooklet City Administrator and Clerk Angela Wirth said interest in the election is strong, and she expects a good turnout Tuesday. That day, Brooklet voters will cast their ballots in the usual polling place, at the Bulloch County Recreation Department building behind the Brooklet Enmarket.
Brooklet has a mayoral race between Joseph Grooms III and Charles Howell, as well as a Post 1 council race between Lonnie “Nicky” Gwinnett and Jason Kight and a Post 2 council race between Bradley Anderson and Edward Dinello. All Brooklet council members are elected city-wide.
Statesboro’s contests are between challenger Paulette Chavers and incumbent Sam Lee Jones in District 2; challenger Venus Mack and incumbent Jeffrey B. Yawn in District 3; and challenger Shari Barr and incumbent Derek Duke in District 5. Statesboro’s mayor and the council members in Districts 1 and 4 are in the middle of their terms, so residents of Districts 1 and 4 cannot participate in this election.
Tuesday, Statesboro District 2 voters will vote at the William James Educational Complex, 150 Williams Road. Districts 3 and 5 voters will vote at the Pittman Park Precinct, 1102 Fair Road.
Register has two contested council races, between challenger Shannan Grubbs and incumbent Tanya Boyd for Seat 3 and between William L. Ingram and Alfred L. Jones for Seat 4. A third council candidate, G. Ann Ross in Seat 5, is unopposed but on the ballot. All Register voters can participate in electing members to all council seats.
Portal’s election was officially cancelled after only one candidate qualified for each office.