Georgia voters must register by Tuesday for Nov. election

Alabama deadline is October 26

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 3, 2012 

Time is running out for Georgia residents who've not yet registered to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election.

The deadline is Tuesday. It was supposed to be Monday, but many government agencies will be closed then for Columbus Day, including the elections office here at the Columbus Government Center.

Anyone who'd like to register in person may visit the elections office on the ground floor of the Government Center's west wing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. week days.

The Government Center is at 100 10th St. and the phone number is 706-653-4392.

Those registering must show some identification.

Residents also can register by mail. Forms are available online at the elections office or Georgia Secretary of State's website, and in hard copy at the elections office and the public libraries. They must be postmarked no later than Tuesday for those registering to vote Nov. 6. When registering by mail, folks must photocopy their ID and enclose that copy with their completed registration form.

Any qualified voter who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day -- even the voter's birthday is Nov. 6 -- may register now to vote that Tuesday.

Others who may think they already are registered may want to check to make sure. Director of Elections and Registration Nancy Boren warns that people who haven't voted in the past two presidential elections, neither in 2004 nor 2008, may have been purged from the voter rolls. If so, then they need to register again.

Residents may check their registration status online through the Georgia Secretary of State's MyVoter page,

People who have had a change of name or address may want to register again so the elections office has accurate, up-to-date information, which could avoid confusion at the polls come Election Day.

Across the river in Russell County, residents have until Oct. 26 to register. Alabama residents do not have to show a photo ID. A Social Security card, utility bill or other document establishing identity and residency will suffice. Russell County folks can register from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the probate judge or voter registrar office of the county courthouse, now in the old Mead building at 1000 Broad St., Phenix City. The telephone number is 334-298-7979 for the probate judge and 334-298-1443 for the voter registrar.

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