By Tia Lynn Ivey
If you are an American citizen over the age of 18, it’s your last chance to make sure your voice is heard at the ballot box in the upcoming Presidential Election on Nov. 3. The cutoff to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 5 in Georgia.
Early voting kicks off on Monday, Oct. 12 and runs through Friday, Oct. 30. This year, due to the ongoing coronavirus, a ballot drop-off box will be available outside of the local election office in Madison for voters to safely turn-in filled out ballots before Election Day. Early voting will only take place at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration office, located at 434 Hancock Street in Madison. Early voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be the opportunity to cast your vote early on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the presidential showdown between President Donald Trump and Democratic Challenger Joe Biden, there will be a slew of federal, state and local races also on the ballot. Incumbent Senator David Perdue (R), Jon Ossoff (D), and Shane Hazel (L) are running in the election for U.S. Senate from Georgia on November 3, 2020.
Republican Joe Slaughter will run against Independent Kathryn Caldwell for the District 2 Board of Education seat.
Republican Brad Hawk will seek the Board of Education District 3 Seat, as will Ann Ballard, a Democrat.
Wendy Coe, a Republican and Shelia Terrell Sanders, a Democrat, are running for County Tax Commissioner.
There are several uncontested races. Republican Ben Riden Jr. is running for reelection to the County Commissioner District 3 Seat. Republican Bill Kurtz of Madison is running for the County Commissioner District 5 seat, vacated by retiring Commissioner Ron Milton. Republican Philipp von Hanstein is also seeking reelection for the County Commissioner District 4 Seat. Republican Incumbent Robert Markley is running for Morgan County Sheriff. Republican Jody Milford Higdon is running for Clerk of Superior Court. Incumbent Charles Merritt is running for probate judge. Adam Carter, a republican incumbent is running for County Coroner. Democratic Incumbent Cheryl Bland is running for reelection to the Board of Education District 1 seat. Incumbent Connie Holt is seeking reelection for Magistrate Judge.
To register to vote online: visit: https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov. You can also register by visiting the Morgan County Board of Election and Registration office, located at 434 Hancock Street in Madison, to fill out the application in person. You can request an application by mail by calling the office at (706) 342-2508. You can register to vote when you apply for or renew your Georgia driver’s license at the Department of Driver Services. You can register to vote at the Department of Family & Children Services or at the Morgan County Library. High School students and staff can register at the High School.