Bulloch County citizens that have yet to register for November’s city and county elections have until Tuesday to do so, according to Bulloch County Election Supervisor Pat Lanier Jones
With but days remaining before the end of the registration period for a Nov. 8 election date, residents can sign-up at the Bulloch County Courthouse to participate in Bulloch County special elections or in Statesboro, Portal or Brooklet municipal elections if they are residents of those cities, she said.
The office will also accept postmarked applications sent through the mail.
“If the mail is postmarked by the 11th (of October) or before, we can put the citizens on (the voter registration rolls),” Jones said. “If it comes in with no postmark, we can not accept it.”
“The best thing to do would be to stop by the courthouse and get registered,” she said.
The registrar's office is located on the first floor of the Bulloch County courthouse in downtown Statesboro. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
According to Jones, registration requires a valid form of identification – Georgia driver’s license, identification card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Georgia or the United States government, United States passport, or a military identification card.
Offices will be contended this November in three Bulloch municipalities – due to lack of opposition, the Town of Register will not conduct an election.
In Statesboro, seats for Districts 2, 3 and 5 are up for election.
Incumbent Councilman Gary Lewis faces opposition from three candidates in the race to represent District 2 – Lance Turner, Sam Jones and Donald Logan.
Incumbents Will Britt (District 3) and Travis Chance (District 5) would face only the competition presented by write-in candidates, if any.
Three races will appear on Brooklet ballots. William Hendrix and Sylvia Prosser will vie for a mayoral position, and incumbent council members Randy Newman (Seat 1) and Russell Davis (Seat 2) face challengers for open council seats – Joe Grooms for Council Seat 1 and Helen Annette Wilson for Council Seat 2.
In Portal, incumbent Mayor Larry Motes, along with Post 5 Councilman Clint Lovett, run unopposed. Incumbent council member Jennifer Yates faces opposition for Council Post 2 from Sissy Carter.
A referendum question that would allow a municipality to “permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine to be sold beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m. on Sundays” will appear on ballots in each of the three cities.
A second question that would “permit and regulate Sunday Sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink” will appear on ballots in Statesboro.
Voters participating in Bulloch County Special Elections will decide whether to permit an extension of the current Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST). The one-cent sales tax, which would raise an estimated $82,212,716 for improvements throughout the county – in roads, water/sewer services, natural gas projects and capital outlay projects for economic development – would be extended for an additional six years.
A question to permit package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. will also appear on the county ballot.
Statesboro voters looking to participate in Bulloch Special Elections will need to go to their county voting precinct.
Photo identification will be required to cast a vote in any election.
Currently, there are approximately 10,770 active registered voters in Statesboro, 690 in Brooklet, 322 in Portal and 89 in Register.
Advanced and early voting begins Oct. 17 and continue through Nov. 4.
Residents wishing to cast advance or early voting ballots can do so in the registrar's office, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.