Making absentee ballots count

COLUMBUS, Ga.- With the election just around the corner, early voters are anxiously casting their ballots, but that wasn’t the case for several people who say they never received their absentee ballots in the mail.

Edward Dubose said he wanted to try something different this year.

“My wife and I for the first time wanted to try absentee voting and so we sent off our applications at the same time. We filled them out together,” said Dubose.

Days passed and the unexpected happened.

Dubose said, “My information came back and my wife’s didn’t.”

Tamika Geist, Registration Coordinator, at the Columbus Citizen’s Service Center, tells us what you can do if this happens to you.

“The ballots can be tracked using the Georgia my voter page. You login with your information, they can track the request from the time we receive it until the ballots been accepted back into our office,” said Geist.

Geist says more than 4,500 people are casting absentee ballots this year because it gives them flexibility.

She said “It allows them the convenience to be able to vote from home in the privacy of their own home or if they are out of town and aren’t able to be back here for early voting or for Election Day.”

If you plan on voting with an absentee ballot, Geist says there are a few things you need to know.

“Ballots can be hand delivered by the voter Unless they are bringing it in for a family member that’s disabled and in those cases we can take the ballot here.”

Meanwhile, Dubose says don’t let anything stop you from voting.

He said “For someone else who’s listening and this happened to them, if you don’t have resolution do something now.”

The Elections and Registration Office says Friday is the last day that they will send out ballots and Tuesday November 8th at 7 p.m. is the deadline for all ballots to be turned in for this election.

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