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Voters get more early options

7/20/2012

By MEGHAN PITTMAN
The Brunswick News

Voters who say they don't have time during the work week to participate in county elections, but still want to vote early before the July 31 party primaries and special elections, no longer have an excuse.

On Saturday, anyone who is registered to vote in Glynn County can go to the Glynn County Board of Elections office at 1815 Gloucester St., Brunswick, and cast a ballot in the Democratic or Republican primary and the nonpartisan special elections and referenda. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Most of the contests are in the Republican primary, with those voters selecting candidates for sheriff, district attorney and several county commission and board of education seats who will appear on the November ballot without Democratic opposition.

Both Republican and Democratic primary voters as well as nonpartisan voters who don't vote in either party primary, will actually elect Superior Court judges and a State Court judge, solicitor and clerk. They will also decide the fates of a 1 percent transportation sales tax and a proposed restructuring of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission board.

Glynn County Elections Supervisor Cindy Johnson says turnout for Saturday voting is usually high, and is convenient for persons who can't make it to polls during the work week or on the day of the primaries and elections.

"Saturday voting will be good for people, and we usually see that it's very popular," Johnson said. "We really hope to get everyone out, and encourage them to vote."

During the nine days of early voting that have passed, 1,226 Glynn County voters have cast ballots at the board of elections.

"It's been busy, for the most part," Johnson said. "It started off good, and we've seen rain slow it down."

She is expecting more residents to cast ballots when early voting opens Monday at Fire Station No. 2 at 1929 Demere Road, St. Simons Island. Voting hours there and at the board of elections, where early voting will continue, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"We'll see more people show up to early vote," she said. Early voting at both locations ends Friday. Voters may cast ballots at either location, regardless of where they live in the county.

As in primary day voting, a government-issued photo identification is required to obtain a ballot for early voting.

Voting in primaries and special elections and referenda on primary day, July 31, will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all county precincts.

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