Political signs on Pioneer Road were moved and stacked last Wednesday for mowing, not because they were too close to the elections office. Early voting in the primary election will continue through Friday, June 5. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday voting will be May 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular polling places will be open on election day, Tuesday, June 9. The general election will be held on November 3.
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Pickens Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts said early voting in the primary election has been running smoothly at the Pioneer Road office, despite social distancing protocols.
She reported that at close of Friday, May 22, there were 821 of the county’s 23,000-plus registered voters who had cast a ballot. When asked if those numbers were high, low, or somewhere in between, Roberts said, “Since we’ve never had an election during a pandemic we don’t really have any numbers to compare that to.”
The office is only allowing four voters in at a time so they can adhere to social distancing, but at this point they have only had lines out of the building on a couple of days. Tuesday, May 26th there were no lines.
“It’s actually been a little slow today,” she said.
While the elections supervisor did not have numbers available for the number of absentee ballots that have been returned to her office this year, they issued 5,123.
“The most I’ve ever had in the past is 500,” she said. “This year goes well beyond that.”
All Georgia voters were mailed applications for absentee ballots in light of COVID-19. Roberts said voters who took advantage of using that absentee ballot can either mail it in, bring it to the office in person, or now, after a drop box was installed at the local office on Tuesday, May 25th, they can drop it off during or after hours. She urged voters to be sure they sign the back of their ballot before dropping it off or mailing it in.
The Pickens County Office of Elections & Registration is located at 83 Pioneer Road, Jasper, Ga. They can be reached at 706-253-8781.