Voter registration ends October 6
By Whitney Skeeters
Morgan County voters have three ways to register to vote, as long as they do it by Monday, October 6. Voter registration applications can be downloaded from the county’s Web site, www.morganga.org/Departments/Elections. Upon filling it out, residents can either mail or fax the document to the Board of Elections and Registrations (BER). The BER will categorize the application as IDR, meaning the registrant must bring a valid photo ID with them to the voting booth.
There are six acceptable forms of identification:
• A driver’s license, even if it is expired
• A passport
• Any state or federal government-issued photo ID, this includes the free voter ID card issued by the county registrar’s office
• A government employee photo ID
• A U.S. military photo ID
• A tribal photo ID
The third option is to make the trip to the elections office, located in the old Senior Center, 434 Hancock Street. Registrants will need one of the six forms of photo identification and will complete the required paperwork on site. Voters can access this information and learn more at the county’s elections Web site. According to Election Supervisor Bobby Howington, the Web site is currently being revamped, but residents can still find the information they need. In fact, there are several aspects of the site residents might find helpful. The site offers a simulated voting application so voters can practice and will know what to expect when using the touch-screen voting machines on Election Day. The site will also be updated at least three times the night of the election so voters can track the progress of candidates. Monday, September 22 was the first day voters could cast their ballot in the early/absentee ballot voting period.
Anyone can vote early for any reason. The period of advanced voting takes place from Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31.
“Come in sooner rather than later,” said Howington. “Don’t fool with the lines.”