Voting is under way for the November general election after the first round of absentee ballots in Richmond County was mailed Thursday.
Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said 1,382 absentee ballots by mail have been requested. Absentee ballots are still available on written request.
The Board of Elections also mailed about 20,500 precinct information cards to voters this week. They will include new district assignments for the Augusta Commission and Richmond County Board of Elections races. Polling locations have not changed.
In-person early voting begins Oct. 15, with one day of Saturday voting on Oct. 27. The last day for voting early and by mail is Nov. 2.
There’s still time to register to vote in the general election. Residents have until Oct. 9 to register or change their name or address on the voter-registration list. Registration is available at the Board of Elections Office, 530 Greene St., Room 104, or by mail using an application available at www.augustaga.gov.
In Columbia County, the first absentee ballots will be mailed out by the Board of Elections on Monday. More than 900 absentee-by-mail ballots have been requested, said Nancy Gay, the board’s registration coordinator.
Absentee ballots are not handed out to voters in person but must be mailed to the voter’s address of record, Gay said. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it by mail or in person to the Board of Elections office.
Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 6, or by Nov. 9 for overseas military ballots, which must be postmarked by Nov. 6.
For voters who choose to drop off the completed ballots, the ballot in its sealed envelope may be delivered to the Board of Elections office by the voter. If a voter is disabled, a family member may drop off the sealed envelope.