Its hard to believe, but another voting season is here.
Early voting for the May 20 general primary and nonpartisan elections began Monday and runs through May 16. The ballot includes everything from congressional and gubernatorial races to local contests.
In Macon, prospective voters were lined up at the door when the board of elections office opened, and the turnout in the first few hours was steady. All told, 239 people voted during the day.
In Houston County, about 30 people cast their early ballots Monday. Debra Tresswood, absentee clerk, said she expects more people will participate in early voting as word spreads. The county is posting signs and has advertised, she said.
You can vote in person at your local elections office. In Macon, thats at 2445 Pio Nono Ave. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
In Houston County this week, its at the Board of Elections office at 801 Main St. in Perry from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting will expand next week to two additional locations in Houston County.
You must have a valid ID to vote.
There are about 83,000 registered voters in Bibb County and more than 74,000 registered voters in Houston County.
To request an application for an absentee-by-mail ballot in Macon, call the elections office at 621-6622. The application must be completed and brought to the office in person; by fax to 478-784-9774; or mailed to: P.O. Box 6297, Macon, GA 31208.
Absentee ballot applications are also available on the Georgia Secretary of States Office website. You can print out one here: www.tinyurl.com/kcn4rsg.
In recent weeks, Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched two new technology advances for Georgia voters. The first is online voter registration, and the second is a mobile application that enables online registration and has all the capabilities of the My Voter Page.
You can find the My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. There you can find your:
Voter registration status;
Mail-in application and ballot status;
Early voting locations;
Registration and information on file with the county office;
Sample ballot for the upcoming election;
Provisional ballot status.