From the Decatur County Board of Elections:
On March 1, Georgia will join six other states in voting for the next U.S. President.
Known as the SEC Primary, the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia will hold presidential preference primaries on that day with more than 1,000 national political convention delegates up for grabs.
On Election Day, voters should go to the precinct in which they are registered. Decatur County has nine precincts, which will be open at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
· Attapulgus, 405 E. Griffin Ave., the Attapulgus Community Center;
· Brinson, 179 Clifton St., the Brinson Municipal Building;
· Climax, 402 W. Lee St., the Climax Volunteer Fire Department;
· Coliseum, 600 Wheat Ave., the Decatur County Memorial Coliseum;
· Fairgrounds, 1211 Vada Road, the old Chamber 1 building;
· Kendrick, 2931 Spring Creek Road, the Kendrick Volunteer Fire Department;
· Mount Pleasant, 119 Deese Road, the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department;
· Recovery, 164 River Road, the Recovery Volunteer Fire Department; and,
· West Bainbridge, 1417 Dothan Road, the old West Bainbridge Middle School in the entrance to the right of the old gym.
Since this is a primary, voters will need to specify which ballot they want – a Democratic or Republican ballot.
Candidates on the Democratic ballot for the March 1 election are the following: Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Michael Steinberg.
Candidates on the Republican ballot are the following: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John R. Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald J. Trump.
Voters may go to the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page (http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp). There, voters may check the location of their polling place and get directions.
If you have any questions, the Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration’s office can assist you. The Elections Office is located at 122 W. Water St. The telephone number is 243-2087.
Qualifying for local offices begins March 7
There are several local offices up for election later this year.
On May 24, the Primary/General Nonpartisan election will be held. Candidates can begin qualifying for those offices on Monday, March 7, beginning at 9 a.m. Qualifying closes on Friday, March 11, at noon. County commissioners from districts 2, 3 and 5, coroner, sheriff, clerk of court and tax commissioner are partisan offices. Candidates seeking these offices will need to decide if they will run as a Democrat or Republican and then qualify with that respective political party.
The Democratic Party will qualify its candidates at the back lobby of the Decatur County Commission Building, located at 203 W. Broughton St. Fees may be paid by personal or cashier check, cash or money order. If you have questions, call Kelvin Bouie Sr. at (229) 220-1598.
Qualifying for Republican Party candidates as well as non-partisan candidates will be done by the Decatur County Board of Elections, which is located at the Courthouse Annex at 122 W. Water St. Fees may be paid by personal check, cashier check or money order. The Board of Elections will not accept cash.
Board of Education members from districts 1, 3 and 5, chief magistrate, state court judge and probate judge are non-partisan races. Candidates seeking to run for these offices will qualify at the Board of Elections office.
Candidate seeking to run for Superior Court judge, district attorney and for General Assembly seats must qualify in Atlanta.