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Voter registration ends Oct. 5
Citizens must meet deadline to vote in Nov.
VOTING file photo
In this Herald file photo from 2008, Neill Brammer turns in his card after casting his vote at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church. The deadline to register for the Statesboro city elections is Monday. - photo by Herald File
    With Statesboro city council elections only 34 days away, city residents have just five more days to register to vote in order to eligible to cast a ballot in November.
    Bulloch County Deputy Registrar Shontay Jones said all applications have to be dropped off at the registrar's office or placed in the mail by Oct. 5.
    “It has to be postmarked by the fifth (of October),” Jones said. “Some people will have their application dated before the fifth, but if they take it to the post office and drop it on the outside after 5 (p.m.), the postmark may not be until Oct. 6. They won't be put on (the voter registration rolls).”
    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.
    Voter registration cards can be picked up at the registrar's office. Electronic applications are available at the county's Web site,, or the Georgia Secretary of State's Web site,
    City council seats in District 1 and 4 are up for election in November. Each race currently has three candidates - incumbent Tommy Blitch, Benji Lewis and William Thomas in District 1 and Lottie Johnson, Fred Parrish and John Riggs in District 4. In order to vote for one of those candidates, citizens must be registered to vote in those particular districts. If someone has move into either district from some other district within the city or from outside the city, but does not change their registration to reflect their address change, that person would not be eligible to cast a ballot.
    In order to determine if a resident's house is in a particular district, visit the City of Statesboro's Web site,, click on the “Elections” tab and look for the link to the “Voting District Map.” Those without a computer can visit the city clerk's office on the second floor of city hall and look at a hard copy of the map.
    Jones said the recently flooding in North Georgia forced the state office in Kennesaw, which oversees the elections machines and the ballots, to relocate. However, if all goes well, Jones said advanced voting for the city election will start on Oct. 12 and run through Oct 23. Early voting will follow and run from Oct. 26 through Oct. 30. The only difference between advanced and early voting is that the registrar's office is closed for lunch, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., during advanced voting, but it open the entire day during early voting.
    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. 3 and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Phil Boyum may be reached at (912) 489-9454.
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