Absentee voting begins for Georgia's Super Tuesday primary

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 2:29 PM
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Absentee voting for the March 6 Super Tuesday presidential primary in Georgia has started.

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.  PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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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.

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.

WANT TO VOTE EARLY?

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
elections@augustaga.gov.

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allhans
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allhans 01/24/12 - 01:39 pm
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You are right. If an

You are right. If an absentee ballot is returned and the name and address agrees with registration files with no change of address, then it is assumed that you are in fact at that address and the ocrrect person has receipt of the ballot. Remember now, the address must be the same as the registration..there can be no changes.
It would be possible to go through the process, though complicated, over a period of time, but a person who is registered and not able to go to the polls, they should have the means to vote.

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allhans 01/24/12 - 01:38 pm
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LL..Right! The absentee

LL..Right! The absentee ballot cannot be turned in at the polling place either. It has to be in the hands of the BOE before the deadline.

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allhans 01/24/12 - 02:13 pm
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RM your 1:23.. Reports now

RM your 1:23.. Reports now have Mitt paying 6.2 million for the last 2 years and giving an additional 7 million to charity. 10% to the LDS, the rest for research on Cancer and MS, and Boys and Girls Clubs. He has not been stingy with his money.

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Riverman1 01/24/12 - 04:30 pm
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Allhans, thanks for the info

Allhans, thanks for the info about all the money Mitt gives to charity. He makes sure where his money goes to help others. No one can fault him about taxes.

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