Final day to register for Sept. 17 Macon-Bibb elections is Monday

pramati@macon.comAugust 18, 2013 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated when paper ballots would be mailed out by the Bibb County Board of Elections. They will be mailed Monday, Aug. 26, the first day of early voting. Below is a corrected version.

Monday is the deadline for Bibb County residents to register to vote in the Sept. 17 nonpartisan elections for the Macon-Bibb consolidated government.

Board of Elections workers said there were 90,890 registered voters in the county as of July 1, but they were not able late last week to access an updated tally of registered voters.

There has been a slow but steady trickle of new voters registering over the past few weeks, Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson said. However, Watson isn’t ruling out a rush of people showing up to register Monday.

“They’ve been coming in pretty steadily, but it could be very busy on Monday,” said Watson, who hopes for a large voter turnout in this year’s elections.

Her office will start mailing absentee ballots Aug. 26, the first day of early voting

“The candidates have been out there working hard, and I hope the people come out to support them,” she said.

Six mayoral candidates are on the ballot, and there’s a certified write-in candidate. Also, nine commission district races will be decided in the election.

Early voting will run through Sept. 13 and includes Saturday voting Sept. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the board of elections office.

Should a runoff be necessary, it will take place Oct. 15, with early voting for any runoff elections scheduled to run at the earliest possible date through Oct. 11.

To cast a ballot in the consolidated government races, a voter must be at least 18 years old on the date of the election, a resident of Bibb County with no felony convictions unless those rights have been restored and be mentally sound.

Residents can pick up registration forms at the board of elections office, 2445 Pio Nono Ave., and at Macon City Hall, all public libraries, the Department of Family and Children Services office and the driver’s license bureau.

For more information, go to the board of elections website at or call 478-621-6622.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.


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