1,130 cast ballots in Columbus' first week of early voting

By Tim Chitwood


An average 161 Muscogee County residents per day cast ballots in person during the first week of early voting for Georgia’s March 1 presidential primary.

And as 1,130 voted early in those first seven days, 495 more requested mail-in absentee ballots, according to tallies from the county elections office.

In Harris County, 260 residents voted early in person over six days, and 140 requested mail-in ballots. Unlike Muscogee, Harris did not offer early voting this past Saturday.

Early voting in Columbus continues 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday in the community room of the City Services Center, 3111 Citizens Way, off Macon Road next to the Columbus Public Library. That schedule continues through Friday. Feb. 26.

Voters also can cast ballots in advance there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday, the last Saturday early voting will be offered.

In Harris County, residents can cast ballots 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Courthouse Annex, 104 N. College St., in Hamilton. They also can vote there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday.

Voters must show a government-issued photo ID.

Residents unsure of their registration status can check it online through the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. That page also enables voters to download sample ballots.

Voters must choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot. Only presidential candidates will be on the March 1 ballot. State party primaries and local elections are set for May 24. The voter registration deadline for that election will be April 26, and early voting will begin May 2.

State leaders in Georgia and Alabama moved the presidential primary date up to March 1 in an effort to make the South more relevant to the national campaigns. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is calling it the SEC or Southeastern Conference primary.

Alabamians have until Feb. 25, the Thursday before the Tuesday primary, to register. Alabama does not offer early voting.

On March 1, voting polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST in Russell County.

Polls in Georgia that day will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, and three in Muscogee County will move to new sites:

• Polls at Northside Baptist Church, 959 54th St., and Fox Recreation Center, 3720 Fifth Ave., will consolidate at Columbus Technical College, 928 Manchester Expressway.

• The poll at Blackmon Road Middle School, 7251 Blackmon Road, will move to the Salvation Army, 5201 Warm Springs Road.

Precinct Listing for Muscogee County

Wynnton Methodist Church, 2412 Wynnton Road, 706-324-2424

Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, 706-243-2669

St. John AME Church, 3980 Steam Mill Road, 706-682-6944

Britt David Baptist Church, 2801 Britt David Road, 706-322-0357

St. Peter Methodist Church, 6507 Moon Road, 706-324-5968

Cornerstone Church of God, 7701 Lloyd Road, 706-327-2636

*Columbus Tech, 928 Manchester Expwy, 706-649-1800

St. Mark UMC, 6795 Whitesville Road, 706-327-3376

Wynnbrook Baptist Church, 500 River Knoll Way, 706-323-4374

Cusseta Road Church of Christ, 3013 Cusseta Road, 706-682-8106 

National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, 706-653-9234 

Eddy Middle School, 2100 South Lumpkin Road, 706-683-8782 

Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4400 Old Cusseta Road, 706-687-8134

Faith Tabernacle Church, 1603 Floyd Road, 706-569-0606 

Fort Middle School, 2900 Woodruff Farm Road, 706-569-3740 

Rothschild Middle School, 1136 Hunt Ave., 706-569-3709 

Church of Jesus Christ LDS, 4400 Reese Road, 706-563-7216 

St. Paul Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Ave., 706-327-7419 

North Highland Assembly of God, 7300 Whittlesey Blvd., 706-561-7777 

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4980 Hancock Road, 706-327-7750 

*Salvation Army Church, 5201 Warm Springs Road, 706-561-9026

First African Baptist Church, 901 Fifth Ave., 706-323-3367 

Epworth UMC, 2400 Devonshire Drive, 706-322-6973 

Marianna Gallops Center, 1212 15th St., 706-653-4193 

Edgewood Baptist Church, 3564 Forrest Road, 706-561-7954 

Psalmond Road Rec Center, 6500 Psalmond Road, 706-565-6060

* People who voted at Northside Baptist or Fox Elementary will vote in the student center at Columbus Tech, and people who voted at Blackmon Middle will vote at the Salvation Army Church.