Voting way up, but some registrations still ‘on hold’
Nearly 7 percent of Camden County active registered voters have already cast ballots in the upcoming general election through advance voting, but hundreds of local voter registrations remain “on hold” due to questions about their data.
As of Wednesday morning, the Camden County Voter Registrars Office reported that 1,533 ballots have been recorded at early voting locations and 627 absentee ballots have been returned. There are 31,638 active registered voters.
According to deputy registrar Deborah Felix, those are higher numbers than usual, even exceeding what they normally get during presidential elections.
Those whose status is pending have been notified by mail and many have contacted the local office to resolve those issues, Felix said. There are about 141 voters “pending” and 211 that need further verification, she said.
If not resolved in 40 days, those registrations will be invalid. To check your voter registration status, visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. Voters may also contact the local registrars office at (912) 576-3245.
In addition to the state and national races on the ballot, voters in Kingsland and St. Marys can consider candidates for several city council races.
Mike Wilson and Billy Hoylman have withdrawn from council races in St. Marys, but will still appear on the ballot. Wilson had qualified for Post 1 and Hoylman for Post 3. Any votes for them will be void and won’t be counted, according to election superintendent Beau Sweatt.
The withdrawals leave Artie Jones Jr. and Wiley B. King in the race for Post 1 and incumbent Jim Gant and challenger Jay Moreno running for Post 3. The race for Post 2 remains unchanged with Jim Goodman and incumbent Elaine Powierski.
Voters should also be aware that there is a write-in candidate in the District 2 county commission race. C. Ben Goff has officially qualified as a write-in candidate against incumbent Chuck Clark for the District 2 commissioner seat. Any votes cast for Goff will be counted and no one else has qualified as a write-in candidate. Although ballots routinely offer a write-in option, only votes for people who have qualified as a write-in candidate are counted.
County commissioner Gary Blount is unopposed in the District 4 race.
In Kingsland, two opposed races will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. For mayor, incumbent Kenneth E. Smith is facing opposition from current councilmen Grayson Day and Jim McClain and former councilman James Ham. Alex Blount and Gary Faraon are running for Post 4. LaMar Stokes is unopposed for Post 3.
The Get Out the Vote Team and the Tribune & Georgian hosted forums during the last two weeks. A video recording of the St. Marys Candidate Forum from Oct. 16 is currently posted on Facebook pages for both organizations. The Kingsland forum from this week will be available later this week.
A Voters’ Guide profiling the candidates is also available in this week’s edition. For more information on ballot amendments, the Tribune & Georgian has posted a detailed explanation of each ballot question at www.tribune-georgian.com/news/attorney-weighs-ballot-amendments. This article also was published in the Oct. 18 edition of the newspaper.
As the election approaches, Camden voters can cast their ballots early in advance voting, Saturday voting and by absentee ballot. Anyone may request an absentee ballot and residents can vote at any site — regardless of their precinct — during advance voting.
Advance voting will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from through Friday, Nov. 2 at the board of registrars office in Woodbine, 200 E. Fourth St.
This Saturday, Oct. 27, voters can cast their ballots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the registrars office in Woodbine, the rec center in Kingsland and Salvation Army in St. Marys.
Sites in Kingsland and St. Marys will also be open next week for advance voting. Residents may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, to Friday, Nov. 2, in the driver’s license office in Kingsland at 333 S. Ashley St. and Salvation Army in St. Marys, 1909 Osborne Road.
On Nov. 6, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and residents must vote in their precinct.
Voters can request an absentee ballot and check their status and precinct information at mvp.sos.ga.gov or www.camdencountyga.gov/75/Voter-Registration. Absentee ballots must be requested by Nov. 2.