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Presidential primary daily draws average 161 early voters here

TIM CHITWOOD

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com

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.

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.

Here is the complete precinct list for Columbus with those changes noted:

Wynnton Methodist Church, 2412 Wynnton Road.

Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road.

St. John AME Church, 3980 Steam Mill Road.

Britt David Baptist Church, 2801 Britt David Road.

St. Peter United Methodist Church, 6507 Moon Road.

Cornerstone Church of God, 7701 Lloyd Road.

*Columbus Tech, 928 Manchester Expressway.

St. Mark United Methodist Church, 6795 Whitesville Road.

Wynnbrook Baptist Church, 500 River Knoll Way.

Cusseta Road Church of Christ, 3013 Cusseta Road.

National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way.

Eddy Middle School, 2100 S. Lumpkin Road.

Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4400 Old Cusseta Road.

Faith Tabernacle Church, 1603 Floyd Road.

Fort Middle School, 2900 Woodruff Farm Road.

Rothschild Middle School, 1136 Hunt Ave.

Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, 4400 Reese Road

St. Paul Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Ave.

North Highland Assembly of God, 7300 Whittlesey Blvd.

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4980 Hancock Road.

*Salvation Army Church, 5201 Warm Springs Road.

First African Baptist Church, 901 Fifth Ave.

Epworth United Methodist Church, 2400 Devonshire Drive.

Marianna Gallops Center, 1212 15th St.

Edgewood Baptist Church, 3564 Forrest Road.

Psalmond Road Recreation Center, 6500 Psalmond Road.

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

*The poll at Blackmon Road Middle School, 7251 Blackmon Road, will move to the Salvation Army.

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