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Early voting underway; voting "selfie" campaign launched


    As of press time Tuesday, early voting for the presidential primary was much slower than Pickens County Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts expected, clocking in at just around 200 voters.
    “We’re a week in and I thought we would have had more by now,” she said. “Last Friday was our busiest day by far; we had around 70 people come through.”    

    Early voting for the presidential primary began February 8 and will run through February 26, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county elections office. The mandatory Saturday voting date is Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The presidential primary in Georgia is Tuesday, March 1.         Qualifying for local offices is also coming up the week of March 7-11.
    Local elected offices that will appear on the ballot in 2016 are sheriff, currently held by Donnie Craig; commission chair, held by Rob Jones; district 2 commissioner, held by Becky Denney; tax commissioner, held by Sharon Troglin; clerk of court, held by Gail Brown; probate judge, held by David Lindsey; magistrate judge, held by Allen Wigington; coroner, held by Kevin Roper; board of education post 4, held by Peggy Andrews; and board of education post 1, held by Mike Cowart.

Cast a vote, take a selfie

    Roberts wants to remind voters that it is against the law to take a photo of their ballot, and instead wants to encourage voters to show their pride with selfies.
    “People might come in and see someone they know on the ballot and want to get a picture, but they can’t,” she said. “We’d love if people maybe took a selfie with their voting sticker on and put it on social media. They can even get one outside in front of the building or next to a sign with their candidate’s name.”
    The Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration is located at 83 Pioneer Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. They can be reached at 706-253-8781.