TIFTON — Early voting for the postponed general primary election and the presidential preference ballot election will start May 18 for Tift County.
If a voter already voted for the presidential preference election in the two weeks voting was able before it was stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic, then they will just receive a general primary election ballot, according to Tift County Election Supervisor Leila Dollison, However, if the person did not vote during those two weeks, they will receive a combined general primary and presidential preference ballot.
Dollison said the election office is taking measures to keep voters and workers safe, including using gloves, masks, sneeze guards and hand sanitizers. They will also be using distancing dots on the floor so people will keep the appropriate distance apart.
Early voting will start May 18 and will end June 5. Voters will be able to vote in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be closed May 25 for Memorial Day, which is a county holiday. Dollison said there will also be one Saturday voting day on May 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Election Day will be June 9. Tift County residents can vote at their polling location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Those registered voters who wish to vote early can go to the elections office, located at 222 Chesnutt Ave., Building B, to vote. Anyone who wants to vote on election day will need to go to their local polling place.
If voters need to check their registration, they can go to the secretary of state’s My Voter page at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do or call the Tift County Elections Office at 229-386-7915.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dollison said the election office has received over 4,000 absentee ballots so far.