Monday was the deadline for candidates in the May 20 municipal elections to file their final campaign finance reports with the city, according to Elections and Registration Director Nancy Boren. But candidates have a five-business day grace period, so they actually have until next Monday.
Candidates may continue to collect campaign contributions throughout the election season, but there will be no further filing deadlines until after the election, Boren said. However, throughout the rest of the season, if a candidate receives a single contribution of $1,000 or more, he or she must file a two-day disclosure of that information within two business days of the contribution.
The elections office will begin mailing out absentee ballots next Monday, Boren said. Her office has received about 125 requests for absentee ballots.
April 21 will be the last day for voter registration for the May 20 election. Citizens can register at the Elections and Registration Office at the City Services Center or online at the Georgia Secretary of States website, sos.ga.gov, according to a release from that office. Citizens must have a valid Georgia drivers license or identification card to register.
Early voting takes place from April 28 to May 16. Voters may vote early at the City Services Center or at the Columbus Baptist Association building at the intersection of Steam Mill and Buena Vista Roads. Bores said a third north Columbus site will soon be announced once an agreement is signed.