Columbia County prepares for heavy voter turnout

 

 

Expecting a large turnout of voters, Columbia County has brought on temporary staff to help the county elections office.

Temporary employees are helping sort and update voter registration databases, answering phones and registering people who come into the elections office to vote.

Elections employees also worked to send out cards to every household in the county with key dates and voter information. Included on the cards is information about changes to the location for early and advanced voting in Columbia County.

Advanced, in-person voting will now be held in building G3 of the old Rhodes-Murphy building next to Zaxby’s on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans. The address is 610 Ronald Reagan Drive, where the Georgia Department of Revenue is also housed.

Early and advanced voting was held at the elections office in previous years. The new location will serve for Saturday voting Oct. 29.

Advance voting begins Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contested races on the ballot include one for state Senate District 24. The contest pits Republican candidate Lee Anderson and Democrat Brenda Jordan of Hall County. They are seeking to replace Bill Jackson, who is retiring.

Anderson defeated Army veteran and defense contractor Greg Grzybowski in a runoff election.

Several state constitutional amendments will also be up for vote.

Columbia County voters will decide a $60 million general obligation bond to fund a large list of projects including the construction of a 2,000-seat performing arts center, a Grovetown library, an interconnected greenway throughout the county and expansion of Patriots Park, along with several major road widening projects. County officials say they purposefully put the bond issue up for vote during a presidential election year to get the largest turnout from residents.

The ballot also includes a controversial amendment that would allow the governor to create a state-run entity to take control of failing public schools to improve student performance.

Voters will also get to decide whether a portion of taxes from the sale of fireworks in the state should directly benefit trauma care, fire services and public safety.

According to Nancy Gay, the county’s election director, 18 different ballots exist and some representative races are district specific.

To find out your ballot, visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov and enter your first initial, last name, date of birth and select Columbia County. For questions, call the Columbia County Board of Elections at (706) 868-3355.

 

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