The deadline to register to vote for candidates in local, state and national elections is on July 2 and residents can register online at www.voter.cherokeega.com or at the Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration office at 490 East Main Street in downtown Canton.
Janet Munda, the county elections supervisor, said her office is seeing an influx of voters registering for the July 31 primary as well as the Nov. 6 elections.
She attributed that to the number of organizations encouraging people to register to vote by providing them with registration forms.
“We are seeing a large number of those being returned to our office,” she said.
Munda said that updated voter registration cards were mailed out last week to the county’s roughly 137,000 registered voters as part of the redistricting process.
Munda said each card contains a voter’s polling place and its new congressional, state House, state Senate, county commission and school board districts.
“These are just to tell them the information they need, we don’t take those at the polls, they must have a photo ID when they vote,” Munda said.
She said the project of bringing the precincts in line for the redistricting has been a big one for her office, but one they were prepared to tackle. Redistricting is mandated every 10 years following a census.
“It has been a massive undertaking, but you know it is coming every 10 years and you just prepare the best you can,” Munda said.
This year, the county combined its Lickskillet and Woodstock districts and named the new polling precinct Neese.
Those voters in the new district now cast ballots at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
The Lickskillet district, she added, only contained about 1,500 registered voters and the church provides ample space to accommodate voters in the precinct, which are now about 4,000.
The elections office also moved the Cherokee South precinct’s polling place from the Cherokee County South Annex to the Woodstock Public Library and renamed it Woodstock.
She also said the county will now mail out absentee ballots and sample ballots are available.
“We have already mailed out 400 absentee ballots, which is moderate for an election,” the county elections supervisor said.
“Early voting is growing every time. This one is going to be pretty popular and we are looking at a lot of people coming out to early voting and to the polls this election cycle,” she said.
The ballots can be viewed on the website or at the office.