(Franklin) — The Elections Office and the Board of Registrars are preparing for the 2014 election year. There are changes that affect the way Heard County citizens vote of which voters should be aware.
The biggest change in elections is the restructuring of Heard County’s voting precincts. Public meetings were held at the affected precincts to inform voters about the proposed changes.
The following precincts have been closed: Glenloch, Roosterville, and Walnut Hill. These precincts have been merged with Centralhatchee, Ephesus, Franklin, and Southwest Precincts.
In addition, the boundary for Southwest Precinct was changed, moving some voters into the Franklin Precinct. Please note that this only affects your voting place. Commission and School Board districts are not affected by this change.
Another change of note is the voting place for the Franklin Precinct on Election Day. The voting place for the Franklin Precinct has been moved from the Courthouse to the Old Recreation Center Gym (Heard County 4-H Extension Center). This site will have more room to set up the precinct and will have more parking near the facility.
The Registrars Office is sending out new precinct cards to all registered voters in Heard County. It is very important that you look at your precinct card to see where your voting place is located.
If you do not receive a new precinct card in the mail, it is important that you contact the Voter Registration Office to verify your voting status. You can also check your voting status at the Secretary of State’s web site at http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us.
The Registrars Office is aware that some voters will have farther to travel on Election Day. That is why we are emphasizing the convenience of early voting.
You can vote early in the Voter Registration Office in the Courthouse beginning April 28 weekdays from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Early voting will be offered for three weeks.
For the convenience of those who can not vote weekdays before 5:00 PM, early voting will be offered Saturday May 10 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. In addition, the Voter Registration Office will be open until 7:00 PM from May 12 – May 16.
Those who have taken advantage of early voting in the past say it is a great way to avoid Election Day crowds. You are able to vote when you run your daily errands.
The Registrars Office is also accepting absentee ballot applications. If you or someone you know would like an absentee ballot, please contact the Registrars Office.
The Registrars office has a new website where you can get valuable information regarding elections, voter registration, and absentee ballots. You can access the new page at the following link: http://www.heardcountyga.com/voterReg.html.
There are links to the Secretary of State’s web site where you can check your voter registration status. You can also print out a voter registration application or an absentee ballot application.
As you may be aware, the City of Franklin will hold a referendum on liquor sales by the drink on May 20. This election will be held separate from the county, state, and federal election. City of Franklin voters interested in voting in this election should call Franklin City Hall at 706-675-6623.
The Elections Office and the Board of Registrars are available to answer any questions you may have about Heard County Elections. You may contact the Elections Office at 706-675-3353 or the Voter Registration Office at 706-675-3907.