Voters hoping to participate in the 2012 Presidential Preference Primary have but a few days remaining before a registration deadline to take part in the March 6 election.
Citizens needing to register to vote or change an address prior to Election Day must do so by Monday, Feb. 6, according to Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones.
Those who do make it to the polls next month will have their say in what candidate becomes the republican nominee for president and/or whether Sunday alcohol sales by the drink will be allowed in Bulloch County, Jones said.
If the latter passes, three Bulloch County establishments could join Statesboro restaurants in selling alcoholic beverages by the drink on Sundays. The locations affected by the vote: Crabby Joe's Seafood, Bar & Grill, Forest Heights Country Club and the Statesboro Moose Lodge.
The drink sales would be permitted the first Sunday following the vote — if approved.
The question will appear on both republican and democrat ballots.
A second question will face Bulloch County’s republican voters.
The party faithful will have a choice among four remaining candidates (Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich) vying to garner the party nomination to run against President Barack Obama in November’s General Election.
The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6.
According to Jones, people interested in voting without making a trip to their polling location will have ample opportunity to do so.
Beginning Feb. 13, voters can complete ballots at the Bulloch County Courthouse 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. during an early voting period. Early voting will continue until March 2, she said. By-mail absentee ballots will also be accepted through March 2.
This year, for the first time, the courthouse will open its doors for a day of weekend voting.
Ballots can be completed and submitted downtown Saturday, Feb. 25 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Jones said.
To participate during early voting or on Election Day voters must present a valid picture ID. Acceptable identification includes a Georgia driver’s license, a Georgia voter ID card, a valid U.S. passport, military ID or a picture ID card from a Federal, state or local government agency.
All regular polling locations in Bulloch will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 for primary voting.
To learn how and where to register, or receive additional election information, people can contact the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration by calling (912) 764-6502.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.