Absentee voting begins for Georgia's Super Tuesday primary

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faces off with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich during a heated GOP presidential debate Monday at the University of South Florida in Tampa.



Absentee voting for the March 6 Super Tuesday presidential primary in Georgia has started.

It began Saturday, and in-person advance voting begins Feb. 13. Absentee voters can request a ballot using a form available on the Georgia Secretary of State’s Web site or write their own letter, said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

“It’s definitely not too early for people to apply by mail,” she said. “It really is easy. You don’t have to have a reason to vote by mail. You don’t have to have an ID to vote by mail.”

Handwritten requests for absentee ballots should include sufficient information to identify the voter and the date of the election for which they want to vote absentee.

“We have, to date in Richmond County, issued 24 Democratic Party ballots and 47 Republican Party ballots,” Bailey said Monday.

In addition to the presidential preference primary, the March 6 ballot will include two referendum items for Richmond County. Voters will decide on Sunday package sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits.

The second item is the reimposition of a 1-cent sales tax for the Richmond County Board of Education.


Request an absentee ballot through March 2. Apply using a form available at any county election office or on the Georgia Secretary of State’s Web site, www.sos.ga.gov.

Without the form, submit a request in writing including your name, address, date of birth, voter’s signature and party preference. Mail the request to the Board of Elections Office at 530 Greene St., Room 104, Augusta, GA 30901, fax to (706) 821-2814, or e-mail richmond