From Sunday alcohol sales to school board consolidation, residents of Valdosta and the surrounding cities have the chance voice their opinions on various issues until Nov. 8.
The polls are now open for early voting at the Lowndes County Board of Elections Office.
As this is an odd-numbered year, all elections are municipal, meaning that voters must be residents within a city’s limits to be eligible to vote in these elections.
Voters can check out a sample ballot online to see what elections they are eligible for before going to the polls using “My Voter Page” (MVP) at sos.ga.gov/mvp.
By inputting their first initial, last name, county, and birthdate, voters can not only check their sample ballot, but who their elected officials are, early voting locations and hours, mail ballot status and poll location.
Polling places are determined by the address the voter has on file with the Voter Registration Office.
Each voter is mailed a card to this address which lists the voter’s assigned precinct name, polling place, and voting districts.
Citizens of Dasher, Hahira, Lake Park, and Valdosta can vote for City Council positions, but only Lake Park and Valdosta have open Mayoral positions.
Lake Park and Valdosta residents can also vote on Sunday alcohol sales.
Registered Valdosta voters who have been residents for six months or more have one extra vote on their ballot. Valdosta voters are only eligible to vote on the the school consolidation referendum if they meet the residency requirement.
Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elections Office located at 2808 N. Oak St. until Oct. 30. From Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, Elections Office hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On the last day of elections, Tuesday, Nov.8, voters must report to their assigned polling place. Hours at the polling places will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There is no voting on weekends or on the Monday before the last day of any election.
The Democratic Party is offering rides to the polls and can be reached primarily at 241-1694. If no one can be reached at that number, voters may call 630-8486, but they are asked to call the office first.
Whether the Republican Party is offering rides could not be confirmed at press time.
To be eligible to vote in any election, voters must register by the Voter Registration Deadline, which has passed for this particular election.
For more information, call the Elections Office at 671-2850 or email email@example.com.