Voter registration deadline Oct. 9
by Marie Nesmith
Sep 22, 2012 | 2486 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dean McMillan receives assistance from poll worker Jodie Jarboe at the Bartow County Voter Registration and Elections Office where advance voting was under way for the July 31 general primary election. To cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election, individuals need to register by Oct. 9. Skip Butler/The Daily Tribune News, File
Dean McMillan receives assistance from poll worker Jodie Jarboe at the Bartow County Voter Registration and Elections Office where advance voting was under way for the July 31 general primary election. To cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election, individuals need to register by Oct. 9. Skip Butler/The Daily Tribune News, File
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In honor of September being National Voter Registration Month, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is informing eligible voters of approaching registration deadlines. To cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election, individuals need to register by Oct. 9.

“As Georgians and citizens of the United States of America, we have no more solemn honor than our privilege to cast a vote,” said Kemp in a news release. “As Georgia’s chief elections officer, I want to make sure that every Georgian has the opportunity to register to vote and make their voice heard at the poll.”

Georgia residents — who meet requirements, such as being a U.S. citizen and at least 17 and a half years old, and not declared mentally incompetent or currently serving a felony conviction sentence — can register at various places, including public libraries or by visiting www.bartowga.org or www.sos.georgia.gov. Bartow residents also are encouraged to contact the Bartow County Voter Registration and Elections Office, 105 N. Bartow St. in Cartersville, at 770-387-5098 for further details.

As the November election nears, Bartow County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk also recommends area residents visit www.sos.ga.gov/mvp for key information.

“The important thing is to make sure you are registered,” Kirk said. “Just because you voted for president last time or you know you registered because you did it way back when, doesn’t mean you’re still in the system. Mistakes happen. You could have gotten purged off the system for some reason. You could have been challenged by one of the cities.

“There’s a few different ways that you could be removed from the list. And if for some reason you didn’t check the mail or didn’t get that letter or you’d moved and you didn’t get the letter, you don’t know until you show up to vote and at that point it’s too late. So the safe bet, if you can’t verify it, is to go ahead and just send in a new card. That will make sure that you’re registered for November. And if you want to check, either just call us ... or if you’re on the Secretary of State’s website [www.sos.georgia.gov], go to the elections page and then [click] where it says MVP My Voter Page.”

After a person inserts their first initial, last name, county of residence and date of birth, Kirk said it reveals if they are registered to vote.

“If you’re not [registered] it will tell you, ‘We can’t find you,’” Kirk said. “If you are, it will give you where you can vote. It will give you a map of your polling place, what districts you vote in, links to the legislators’ contact information, your sample ballot and if you vote through the mail you can trace your absentee ballot that way. So there’s tons of good information here.”