Early voting for primary and nonpartisan elections begins today statewide and continues through May 16.Election day will take place May 20.
This year, technology lends a hand to help provide information to voters before casting their vote.
A mobile app has been created to assist in the voting process. According to a press release from Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, the “My Voter Page” (MVP) app is a great free resource for voting information. To download the app search for “GA Votes” in the app store. The app is available on mobile devices through Apple and Android platforms.
“This new technology will make it easier to cast your vote because information about the election will be available right on your smartphone,” said Elizabeth Rodgers, chief deputy Registrar of Baldwin County Board of Registrars.
The app allows voters to view sample ballots, find polling locations, check the status of their voter registration and track the status of their absentee ballot.
For Baldwin County, the early voting location is the Baldwin County Courthouse Hearing Room 104. It is located on the ground level of the courthouse. Hours for early voting are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is also a Saturday early voting date slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10.
Voters are required to provide approved photo identification and complete an application to vote in advance.
“All voters are encouraged to verify their status, voting locations, voting hours and dates on the Secretary of State website,” said Rodgers. “Sample ballots for Baldwin County are currently posted.”
Rodgers also reminds voters that the last day the Board of Registrars can mail an absentee ballot is May 16.
“We are currently accepting applications and issuing absentee ballots by mail but elderly and disabled voters must re-apply for an absentee ballot every election cycle,” she said.
She added that the office does not automatically issue ballots unless an application for that election cycle is on file indicating elderly or disabled. Absentee ballot applications are available on the Secretary of State website www.sos.ga.gov.
“Voter absentee ballots must be received in this office by the close of polls on Election Day.”