But even if you have a voter registration card, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will be able to vote, said Richmond County Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey.
“I’ve really been trying to stress that you shouldn’t assume if you are registered to vote, particularly if the last time you voted was 2008,” Bailey said.
She said voters should check their voting information to see if it is up to date. People who have moved might have to update their registration to ensure they are voting in the proper precinct and county.
“A lot of times the assumption is made that when you correct your address through the post office that it was taken care of, but that is not the case,” she said.
Many voters only come to the polls in presidential election years. They are the most likely to have failed to update their registrations since the last election, Bailey said.
“There are an awful lot of people who only vote in presidential elections,” she said.
Richmond County voters can register or update information at the Board of Elections office in the Municipal Building on Greene Street, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail-out absentee ballots are available upon written request.
Bailey said her office has added about 6,000 new voters to the rolls since January.