Voters who want to take part in November’s special election for the House District 159 seat must be registered to vote no later than Oct. 5.
The non-partisan special election has no party primary. However, each candidate’s party affiliation will be listed on the ballot.
The election for House District 159 will occur in portions of Chatham and Effingham counties. Ann Purcell of Rincon, a former state representative, and Jesse Tyler of Rincon are running for the vacated seat of Buddy Carter, who is running for a state Senate seat. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Springfield, Rincon and Guyton will hold municipal elections Nov. 3. The mayor’s office is up for grabs in Springfield, as incumbent Barton Alderman is not seeking another term. Wanda Laning and Jeff Northway will square off for the mayor’s seat.
In Rincon, Mayor Ken Lee will face off with former mayor George Saraf. Guyton’s city alderman spots are uncontested, with Ulysses Eaton continuing in his post 3 seat and Michael Johnson running unopposed in post 4.
Rincon’s city council race will see incumbents Scott Morgan and Levi Scott vying to keep their seats against newcomers Joe Atkins and Teresa Witt and former councilman Frank Owens. In Springfield, incumbents Jeff Ambrose, Charles Hinley and Kenny Usher will seek to retain their seats while Allen Parker will challenge for one of those seats.
Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office through the close of business, 5 p.m., on Oct. 30. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar by the close of polls on election day. Photo ID is not required when voting by mail.
To download an absentee ballot request form, visit: www.sos.ga.gov/elections.
Voter registration forms can be obtained at the Effingham registrar’s office at 284 Highway 119 South in Springfield or from the Secretary of State’s Web site: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/voter_reg_app.htm.