2017-08-24 / Front Page

Advance voting begins Aug. 28, absentee ballots now available

Advance voting for the special election to decide Lincoln County’s new sheriff, slated for Tuesday, September 19, begins Monday, August 28, and will continue for three consecutive weeks.

“Advance voting is beginning soon,” Lincoln County Elections Director Lilvender Bolton said. “As always, while the designated polling places will be open on September 19 for election day, until then everyone will be able to vote at the Lincoln Center.”

Voting will be held at the Lincoln Center Mondays-Fridays mostly from 8-5 p.m. for that time period, with a few exceptions.

According to to Bolton, there will be additional dates and times that the center will be open to the community for early voting.

Those dates are as follows: l August 28-September 1, Mon­day Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. l September 5-8, Tuesday-Fri­day, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. l Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. l September 11, 13, and 15 – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. l September 12 and 14 – Tues­day and Thursday – from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Moreover, additional election information may be accessed via the “My Voter Page” at https:// www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp. do, as well as by downloading the “GA Votes” smartphone app. The public can view sample ballots, find a poling location, check voter registration status, track the status of an absentee ballot, and more by searching the above platforms.

All of this information is avail­able on mobile devices with Apple and Android platforms. To find the app, search for GA Votes in the Apple app store or the Google Play store.

For more information about voter registration and/or the elec­tions process in general, contact the Lincoln County Elections and Voter Registration Office at 706- 359-6126.

Additionally, absentee ballots, can be submitted now through September 15.

Requests for an application for an absentee ballot may be made by telephone or by written statement.

The written statements may either be faxed to 706-359-7396; mailed to the elections and voter registration office at P.O. Box 1419, Lincolnton, Georgia, 30817; or delivered to the elections office, located at 160 May Avenue in The Lincoln Center.

A close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for individuals who are physically disabled or temporar­ily outside of Lincoln County.

Applications for absentee ballots must contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed and suf­ficient information, such as a signa­ture or date of birth, to identify the individual as a registered voter.

Ballot applications may likewise be obtained online at www.sos. ga.gov/elections.

The law governing the provision of assistance to those who need help in filling out an absentee ballot includes the following:

(1) A physically disabled or illit­erate voter may receive assistance from another voter in the same county or from a close relative.

(2) If the voter is outside of the county in which he is registered then a notary can provide such as­sistance.

(3) Essentially, any person who assists another person in voting ab­sentee must take an oath prescribed by law, demonstrating the statutory disability and that the ballot was completed as the voter desired.

(4) Other than federal elections, no person may assist more than 10 voters in a primary, a general elec­tion, or a runoff.

(5) A candidate on the ballot or a relative of a candidate may not offer assistance during the election to any voter who is not related to the candidate.

For more information about the election process, or for absentee voting information, contact the Lincoln County Board of Elections and Registration Office at 706-359- 6126.

According to the Partnership for Safety and Justice and the Indepen­dent Voter Network, the following are among the reasons people in the United States should vote:

(1) So you can complain with integrity.

“Elections belong to the people,” said Abraham Lincoln. “It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the people and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.”

(2) For the 38,159 missing in action, awaiting the return home to their nation of equality, justice, and freedom.

(3) Voting is a way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard.

Your vote is your voice. When you vote, you are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how you feel about education, pub­lic safety, social security, health­care, and other important issues.

(4) Your children are depending on you to represent them.

(5) To honor Benjamin Franklin’s challenge to us all.

Following the close of the Consti­tutional Convention, the founding father was asked, “What have we got – a republic or a monarchy?”

He replied, “A republic, if you can keep it!”

(6) Voting changes communi­ties.

(7) If you don’t vote for your own interests, who will?

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