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Early voting underway for June 9 races

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Voters can still get mail ballots

  • Early voting underway for June 9 races
  • Early voting underway for June 9 races
    The check-in desk at the Jones County Board of Elections is ready for early voters. CONTRIBUTED

Early in-person voting in Jones County started Monday morning at the Elections Office located at the Government Center.

The hours for early voting are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Early voting will be held one Saturday, May 30. The voting hours for May 30 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The last day for early in-person voting for this election is June 5. The date of the election is June 9,

The date of the election is June 9, and all 10 of Jones County’s voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Elections Superintendent Marion Hatton cautioned voters to expect long lines for both in-person early voting and the June 9 Election Day due to the reduced number of voting machines that can be used due to the need to social distance. The option of voting by mail

The option of voting by mail is still available, and Hatton said there is still plenty of time to apply for a ballot and complete the voting process through the mail. The superintendent said her office has already received close to 1,500 completed ballots.

A ballot collection box has been placed at the Government Center to save voters the cost of mailing their applications and ballots.

“We know many of you do not want to vote by mail, but due to social distancing, we will only be allowing four people in our office to vote at a time. Everyone else will be asked to wait outside by the markers that are six feet apart,” Hatton explained in a Facebook post in reference to early voting.

She said the markers at the Government Center were already in place for the Tax Commissioner’s office, which only allows two people in the office at a time.

“Lines are already going around the building,” she said. “It is going to be a lengthy process.”

The June 9 election is a combined election that includes the March 24 Presidential Primary and the May 19 state primary that were both postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local decisions include the continuation of Jones County’s one-cent sales tax and the only locally contested race in the primary, the selection of a new District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

Wright Barksdale and Carl Cansino are both running as Republicans, which means the winner in the June 9 primary will become the new District Attorney when the term of the current DA, Stephen Bradley, ends Dec. 31.

Only one of Jones County’s Legislative Delegation is facing a challenger in the primary.

Democratic voters who live in State Senate District 26 will decide between incumbent State Rep. David Lucas and challenger Verbin Weaver in the June 9 primary. With no Republican challenger, the winner of that contest will represent the district for the 2021-22 term.

All the other locally contested races are between Democrats and Republicans and will not be decided until the Nov. 3 election.

More election information is available on the Georgia Secretary of State website, sos. ga.gov.

Hatton and Jones County Registrar Sidney Higley can be reached in the Jones County elections office at 986-3222.