What voters need to know to prepare for the general election

COLUMBUS, Ga – Tuesday is five weeks and counting until America knows who becomes our next President. The Columbus Board of Elections and Voter Registration is in overdrive preparing for the big day. Some absentee ballots have already hit the mail and plans are in place for early voting.

If Muscogee County Elections and Registration Executive Director Nancy Boren and her staff can help it, there won’t be long lines come November 8.

“That is what we hope to alleviate is that horrible rush where people have to stand in line to wait to vote.  We don’t want that to happen,” said Boren.

One thing they’re doing about it, early voting. It starts October 17 and runs through November 4. The hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 am until 7 pm at the City Services Center Community Room.  For the last two weekends in October, voters can cast ballots on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am – 4 pm.

“We just started the 7 am – 7 pm, as well as the Sunday voting, in General Primary in May. This will be our second time to have Sunday voting and the 7 am – 7 pm Monday through Friday. It’s really convenient,” said Boren.

Absentee ballots started going out September 20. So far, 2500 have been mailed. If you want to vote absentee, your request must come in writing.

“We need a written request, and we will mail you your ballot. And then you can vote your ballot in the convenience of your home. And you return it back here, as long as it’s back here by 7pm on Election Day,” said Boren.

One of the most important deadlines is for those not yet registered to vote.  A week from today is the deadline if you want to vote November 8.

“You can just Google ‘OLVR Georgia,’ you can go to ‘my voter page Georgia,’ and you can register vote, change your address, change your name, and you can do that by October 11,” said Boren.

Or you can mail a printed registration form to the Elections Office that’s postmarked by October 11.

Early voters are encouraged to bring picture IDs with them.

If you wish to go to the Georgia Online Voter Registration site, please click here.

If you wish to go to the My Voter Page site, please click here.

If you wish to go to the Columbus/Muscogee County Board of Elections and Voter Registration site, please click here.


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