Voters need to check new Cobb maps
by Lindsay Field
June 13, 2012 12:56 AM | 3028 views | 8 8 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA —Voters should make sure they are registered before they head to the polls on July 31 for the primary election, county officials say. Janine Eveler, the director of Cobb elections, recommended that voters first visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” online to make sure they are registered and are planning to vote in the right location and to see what issues will be on the ballot. Due to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau numbers, the district lines were redrawn for the county commission, school board and legislative seats. Eveler has been working with the state to ensure the information is correct online. “I’m hoping that starting (today) voters will be able to see their new districts,” Eveler said. Residents can visit the My Voter Page at mvp.sos.state.ga.us to register, see where they vote, see who they vote for or change their address. A link to the site can also be found on the Cobb Board of Elections webpage at elections.cobbcountyga.gov. You will need to enter your name, county and birth date to see your information. Anyone who has not registered has until July 2 to do so to vote in the July 31 election. Joe Dendy, chairman of the Cobb Republican Party, said his organization has been trying to inform their members as much as possible about the candidates and new district lines because he doesn’t remember it ever being so confusing before. “The biggest problem is what school board district and commission district or state house and state senate house you’re in,” he said. Dendy said that in the next few days, the Cobb Republican Party’s website, www.cobbgop.org, will have a working list of candidates and links to their campaign pages. Aside from the primaries, issues on the July 31 ballot include the Transportation Investment Act referendum, Cobb County Sunday sales, the Marietta City Council seat previously held by Van Pearlberg, and the Marietta City School Board Ward 1 seat formerly occupied by Logan Weber. Absentee ballots are not yet available on the county’s website, but Eveler’s office will begin mailing them out on Friday and Saturday to residents who have requested military and overseas voting. Eveler said advance voting will start July 9 and run through July 20 at the Cobb Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be an early-voting day on July 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting will open at other locations July 23-27 at the East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta; South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton; NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw; and at the Boots Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs. Vote-by-mail will start June 15 and run through July 27. There will not be any voting on July 30. For more information, visit the Cobb Elections office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call (770) 528-2581.
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M Everhart
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June 13, 2012
looked at the my voter page and both my Ga. Senate and House districts are wrong - oops.

Phillip Maloney
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June 13, 2012
I just visited the Cobb Elections Office web site and reviewed a copy of the application for an absentee ballot. At the very top of the page it asks for a social security number (marked optional) and a drivers license number (not marked optional). To the average layman without a drivers license that might cause them to stop filling out the application right there thinking he or she didn't "qualify." So the question remains to me if you don't have to have a drivers license why does the elections office ask for the number?
Online User
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June 13, 2012
And there's no on-line link because????
FriendlyWebEditor
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June 13, 2012
Very good point. Links have been added!
Phillip Maloney
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June 13, 2012
A social security number,physical, and mailing address I can understand to register to vote. But a drivers license number? That has to be a mistake. There must be thousands of Georgians who don't drive and don't have a license. WTF.
J Balfour
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June 13, 2012
A driver's license? So those without one can't vote? Since when is driving a requirement for voting? Jim Crow is alive and well in Cobb County.
Friendly Web Editor
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June 13, 2012
We have corrected the story, a drivers license is not required.
OMG2
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June 13, 2012
Once again people jump to conclusions. Before you run your mouth try checking the FACTS. That's what's wrong with this country today. Uninformed, uneducated people sharing their opinion.
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