Bulloch County residents who want to vote in the presidential primary election on March 1, must be registered by Monday.
For the primary, voters must select either Democrat or Republican ballot, according to information from Pat Lanier Jones, Bulloch County elections supervisor.
While the presidential primary is March 1, registered residents can vote early with advance voting from Feb. 8-28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bulloch County Annex on North Main Street, she said. Saturday voting is Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the annex.
“A voter can complete an application for an absentee ballot,” she said. “Once we receive your application, we can mail your ballot to the address requested if outside of Bulloch County or to the address where you are currently registered to vote in the county, or alternate address for a physically disabled voter.”
Absentee ballots will be mailed up until Feb. 26.
People not using these options may wait until March 1 and vote at their usual voting precincts, she said.
Voters will select either Democrat or Republican and cast a vote for their preferred candidate in that party during the presidential primary election.
Separate from the presidential primary, on May 24, for the general primary election, voters will “have to select a ballot style to vote (Democrat-nonpartisan, Republican-nonpartisan, or nonpartisan),” she said. “How you vote in May will determine how you vote in the July 26 primary runoff election.”
Elections on the May ballot will include Bulloch County sheriff and probate court judge.
The deadline to register to vote in the general primary election is April 26.
Voters who choose a party in May will have to vote that party in the runoff. If voters choose nonpartisan in the May 24 election, they can choose to vote Democratic-nonpartisan, Republican-nonpartisan, or nonpartisan in July, she said.
Even if registered voters do not participate in the general primary in May, they can still vote in July, Jones said. “You would have to decide which primary to vote in - Democratic-nonpartisan, Republican-nonpartisan, or nonpartisan.”
In the general election Nov. 8, voters will not need to select a party. “All of the parties are on the same ballot in this election. You will be able to mix your votes,” she said.
Identification is needed in order to vote – a valid Georgia driver’s license, a Georgia ID card, passport, or other valid photo ID.
Voters can check their voting information and register by going to www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or contacting the voter registrar’s office, she said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.