2017-09-14 / Front Page

Voters head to the polls to elect sheriff Tues.

Ballots can be cast in the special election deciding Lincoln County’s sheriff on Tuesday, September 19, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at designated polling stations.

“We want people to get out there and vote,” Elections Director Lil­vendor Bolton said.

“So people understand, this is a special election, and candidates must choose a party in order to qualify, however when we vote each candidate will be listed on the same ballot. Because this is a special election there is no primary, so that’s why everyone is listed in this way, and this is all in accor­dance with Georgia state code,” Bolton continued. “In order for a candidate to win this election, they must receive 50 percent plus one of the votes. If this doesn’t happen, then there will be a runoff between the two candidates who receive the highest percentage of votes.

“According to the Georgia code, all candidates are qualified to run for sheriff,” she said.

The director added, “And, for those wondering why the coroner is not on the ballot, that’s because – in accordance with code – in the case of a vacancy in the coroner’s position, a new coroner is then appointed by the probate judge to fill that spot. It is completely at the probate judge’s discretion. The new coroner then serves the remainder of the term, and the position will be open again at the next election, which is 2020.”

Furthermore, Advance Voting will wrap up this week, however the Lincoln Center will be open for two more days for community submissions, according to Bolton.

The public can vote today [Thursday] from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, September 15, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Additionally, absentee ballots, can be submitted through tomor­row, 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.

As a reminder, residents should be aware of their designated poll­ing locations. For Precinct 1-A it is the building beside the Midway Volunteer Fire Department on Midway Church Road; Precinct 1-B convenes at the Lincolnton Clubhouse on N. Peachtree Street; Precinct 2 convenes at the Lincoln Center; Precinct 3-A convenes at Faith Temple, situated at the inter­section of the Thomson Highway and Leathersville Road; Precinct 3-B convenes at Tabernacle Baptist Church, located near the intersec­tion of Highway 220 West and the Augusta Highway; Precinct 4-A convenes at Bethany United Meth­odist Church on Bethany church Road; and Precinct 4-B convenes at Martin’s Crossroads, at the voting booth beside Tankersley’s Store on Double Branches Road.

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

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