“They aren’t out of luck, however,” Fahrendorf said.
Voters who want to cast absentee, also called early voting ballots still can do so at the County Election Board office on Friday, Feb. 10 or Monday, Feb. 13 . A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist absentee voters.
“In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give a reason for voting absentee,” Fahrendorf said. “They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling places on election day.”
According to Fahrendorf, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information, then issues the voter’s ballots. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then puts them in the voting device. “It is very much like voting at a precinct polling place,” said Fahrendorf.
Contact the County Election Board, located at 217 N. 16th Ave., for more information. The telephone number is 924-3228.
Registered voters in Bryan County who became physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7th, won’t have to miss the election, according to Fahrendorf.
Fahrendorf said state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7th, to vote on an emergency basis. “Physical incapacitation” includes a variety of conditions—-injury, illness, childbirth—-that prevent a person from voting in person at the polls on election day.
“If you think that you or someone you know fits into this category, contact the County Election Board office at 924-3228 as soon as possible for more information,” Fahrendorf said.