General Election Absentee Early/Advance/By-Mail Voting


As this article goes to publication, the Chatham County Voter Registration Office has processed approximately 2,800 by-mail absentee ballot requests. Additionally, an estimated 4,000 county electors will have taken the opportunity of voting in-person during the early voting period which began September 20, 2010.

The Chatham County Board of Registrars encourages county voters to avoid the Election Day lines by taking advantage of the two remaining weeks of early/advance in-person absentee voting. The early/advance voting process is convenient with minimum waiting time.

Early Voting is underway at the Voter Registration Officer, 1117 Eisenhower Dr, Suite E, Savannah, GA 31406; hours are Mon – Fri, 8:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m. Advance Voting is conducted the week prior to the Election, Oct 25 – 29, 2010. Advance Voting is distinguished from early voting by the operations of four additional voting sites throughout the county. The county advance site locations/address/hours are shown below: Voter Registration Main Office 1117 Eisenhower Dr, Suite E.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M, W & F) 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (T & Th); Mosquito Control 65 Billy B. Hair Dr. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M – F); Civic Center 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M – F); Island Branch Library 1 2 5 Wilmington Island Rd. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M – F); Southwest Chatham Library 14097 Abercorn St. (Sav Mall) 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M – F)

You may also submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail. For more information on absentee early voting and absentee bymail voting please contact our office at 912-790-1520 or visit our website at voter.chathamcounty.org. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or inperson is October 29, 2010.

The 2010 General Election is of major significance with choices to be made on seats ranging from the U.S. Senate, U. S. House of Representatives, Governor, numerous statewide offices, and many local district offices ranging from State Senate down to some local Board of Education seats.

Chatham County races are very competitive this Election as eight of the ten local partisan districts are contested. Follow the campaigns and candidate information and consider your choices prior to coming in to vote. In addition to your choice of candidates, there will be five proposed constitutional amendments and one state-wide referendum question on the ballot. Sample ballots are made available 45 days prior to the Election and may be accessed online at www.sos.georgia.gov/mvp. This My Voter Page (MVP) website is an invaluable tool which can provide information on voter registration status, poll locations, elected officials, early voting locations, and track the status of by-mail absentee ballots applications. Sample ballots may also be acquired locally by contacting the Chatham County Board of Elections at 912-201-4375.

According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were busy or had conflicting work or school schedules. With the convenience of early/advance/by mail absentee voting period there should be no excuse not to exercise your valued freedom to cast a ballot in the selection of our political candidates.

Your voice – your choice: Vote. Please feel free to contact the Voter Registration office at 912- 790-1520 or email voter@chathamcounty.org for any inquiries concerning absentee early/advance/bymail voting.


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