Steps taken for social distancing in elections office
A steady stream of voters came through the Pickens County Office of Elections & Registration Monday, May 18, the first day of early voting in the primary. In addition to national and state elections that appear on both party ballots, including the presidential preference primary, there are numerous local races on the Republican primary ballot.
Early voting will run through June 5, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Saturday voting day May 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All early voting will be held at the elections office.
Election supervisor Julianne Roberts said to comply with social distancing guidelines they are allowing four voters in the 1,050 sq. ft. building at a time – two machines are one side of the main room and two are on the other. They are also giving voters styluses to use on the touch screens, and sanitizing both the styluses and voter cards after each use.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Capital Beat News Service he is confident precincts will be prepared for larger crowds on June 9.
“They’ll make it happen,” Raffensperger said. “It’ll be a victory. It might be a rough one, but at the end of the day it will be a victory. People that want to vote will be able to vote.
The general election will be held on November 3 with runoffs on August 11. Independent candidates will not appear on primary ballots. Those candidates will appear on ballots in November.
At the county level, county commission chair, sheriff, school board posts 1 and 4, and tax commissioner are contested races and will be on the Republican ballot. Coroner, chief magistrate, county commissioner district 2, probate judge, clerk of superior court, district attorney are also on the ballot but are uncontested.
The Pickens County Office of Elections & Registration is located at 83 Pioneer Road, Jasper, Ga. They can be reached at 706-253-8781.