Early Voting Ends Today

Early voting is wrapping up for Tuesday’s election.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said that time is running out to vote early for those who have not done so yet.

“Today at 5 p.m. is the last time they can vote early,” said Kelley. “If they do not vote today, then they are going to have to go to the polls on Election Day. They have to bring a picture ID. We are in the Government Building, in the basement and across the hall from where you pay your car tags and property taxes.”

Early voting opens up at 8 a.m. this morning to run through 5 p.m.

Kelley said that early voting has gone pretty well so far, with about 4300 voting so far, which is a slower pace than four years ago.

Today at 5 p.m. is also the deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Tuesday’s election.

Mail-in paper absentee ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Those who do not vote early or vote via mail-in ballot will have to go to their voting precinct on Tuesday.

Besides the presidential election, voters in Stephens County are casting ballots in two area races of note. One of those is the 9th Congressional District race between Doug Collins and Jody Cooley. The other is the race for District 3, Post 2 on the Stephens County Board of Education between Curtis Waters and Jim Ledford. In addition, there are two state constitutional amendment questions on the ballot.

Kelley says sample ballots are available in her office and so are explanations from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office on the two constitutional amendments.

The Registrar’s Office is located in the Stephens County Government Building in downtown Toccoa. People can call the office at 706-886-8954.

More information can also be found online at the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office website at www.sos.ga.gov.