Registered voters can cast their ballot starting Monday and until July 21 at the main office at 400 East Main Street in Canton from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, July 21, the elections office as well as Ball Ground Public Library, Hickory Flat Public Library, Rose Creek Public Library and Woodstock Public Library will be open for voting from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From July 23 to July 27, voters can also visit Ball Ground Public Library, Hickory Flat Public Library, Rose Creek Public Library and Woodstock Public Library as well as the elections office to vote from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be no voting Monday, July 30.
On Election Day, which falls on Tuesday, July 31, all county precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must vote at their assigned precinct on Election Day.
When voting in person at any time, voters must bring a form of photographic identification.
Though some precincts have been changed, Election Supervisor Janet Munda said all registered voters were mailed new precinct cards with updated information and she does not expect too much confusion about where voters can cast their ballot.
Munda said voters can call the elections office at (770) 479-0407 if they do not know their precinct.
Munda said she expects an average turnout for advance and early voting, but thinks more voters will turn out for the general elections this fall.
“I think early voting will be moderate,” Munda said, adding it will be “nothing like November will be.”
Munda said voters can still request absentee ballots sent via mail. She said her office has already mailed out about 1,200 absentee ballots.
Bob Rugg, chairman of the Cherokee County Republican Party, said he expects a large turnout from Republican voters for early and advance voting because of the large number of candidates in several races.
“We also have a lot of contested races,” Rugg said. “That’s good for the party and the community.”
Rugg said he thinks the debates held at the Republican Headquarters in Towne Lake have turned out a great deal of interest amongst voters.
“(The debates) are going to help get the vote out,” Rugg said.
Democratic Party Chairman Georgette Thaler said she’s ready for an “interesting” election season.
“Even though it’s the dead of summer, I think there will be quite a lot of people that will show up for the primary, it’s that important,” Thaler said.
Over the course of the campaign season, Thaler said she has seen “a lot of choices” in this election cycle.
“I think there’s enough of a difference on what candidates have to offer that people will be committed to turning up at the polls,” she said. “There’s been enough underground tremors that have really, I think, been a catalyst in people wanting to show up and make their voices heard.”