2014 Election Season Gearing Up

Stephens County’s 2014 election season is gearing up to get started.

The primary election is coming up on May 20.

That primary will include a number of contested local races like Stephens County Commission and Stephens County Board of Education, along with other area races of note like State House and U.S. House.

State offices including Governor are also on the ballot.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said the deadline to register to vote to be able to cast a ballot in the upcoming primary election is April 21, two weeks from today.

Kelley said there are many ways somebody can register to vote.

“You can come into the office and register,” said Kelley. “We have mandated sites like the library and Driver’s License (office). You can do it there. You can also register online now. That is a new thing that the Secretary of State launched last week.”

To register online, people can go to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office website, go to “Elections,” then “Voter Registration.”

Online registration does require a valid Georgia driver’s license and a valid e-mail address.

Meanwhile, Kelley said people can also now request paper, mail-in absentee ballots for the May primary.

“We have mailed out (ballots to) our elderly and disabled (that have requested them) at this point,” said Kelley. “If you want an absentee ballot mailed to you, I need an application and then I can mail it to you. You have to also remember that this is a primary coming up in May, so you have to tell me which ballot style that you would want, whether it be a Republican or Democrat ballot style.”

All of the contested local races like Stephens County Commission and Stephens County Board of Education, as well as the 28th District State House of Representatives are only on the Republican ballot.

There are no locally contested races on the Democratic primary ballot.

For those wanting to cast their ballots in person, Kelley said they can start doing so during early voting that starts later this month.

“Early voting starts April 28th,” said Kelley. “We will be here for three weeks prior to the election.”

Early voting will take place at the Stephens County Government Building.

For more information on voting in Stephens County, contact the Stephens County Registrar’s Office at 706-886-8954.

People can also get more information on voting through the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office website at www.sos.ga.gov or by downloading the Secretary of State’s Office new mobile app for voting information.

The app is free and available for both Android and Apple platforms by searching for “GA Votes” in the app store.