Registration applications are available at www.cobbelections.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (770) 528-2581.
The deadline to register is Oct. 9, and voters who have moved also have to notify the Cobb Elections office by that day if they have moved. While mail-in ballots are already available, in-person advanced voting starts Oct. 15 at the elections office, 736 Whitlock Ave., and expands to other locations from there.
On Election Day, 153 polling places will be open in Cobb from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find polling locations, visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter page at mvp.sos.ga.us.
Elections director Janine Eveler said this will be the first time Saturday voting will take place at the Civic Center for the Presidential election.
“The Civic Center particularly takes some of the pressure off of our location,” she said. “When we get very full, people can just go to the Civic Center.”
The Presidential race between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden against Republican nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan headlines the ballot, which voters can view on the Cobb Elections website. Libertarian Gary Johnson and running mate James P. Gray are also listed.
Cobb will have only one contested county-wide race, that between Sheriff Neil Warren and Democrat Gregory B. Gilstrap. That doesn’t include Republican County Chairman Tim Lee, who has a declared write-in candidate in his race, Craig Harfoot of east Cobb.
Parts of the county will see other contested races. They include Congressional contests between incumbent Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) and Democratic challenger Jeff Kazanow and incumbent Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) and Democrat Patrick Thompson, with write-in Allan Levene also in that race. Incumbent Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta) will face Republican S. Malik.
Cobb will have one contested school board race between incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett and Republican Brad Wheeler.
State Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) is being challenged for his redrawn district by Republican Hunter Hill, making Stoner the only Cobb senator with a general election opponent.
A smattering of state House races are contested. Rep. Sam Teasley (R-Marietta) will face Democrat Bill Bolton, Republican Phil Daniell faces Democrat Michael Smith for the right to take the seat of retiring Rep. Terry Johnson (D-Marietta) and Rep. John Carson (R-northeast Cobb) is being challenged by Democrat Kevin “Big Kev” Westphal.
Statewide, two constitutional amendments are on the ballot, as well as two positions on the Public Service Commission.
Eveler said voters haven’t had problems with photo ID requirements that went into effect in 2006. Voters can use one of six types state or federal government issued ID cards, including a driver’s license passport of government employee ID card, or a tribal ID card. Eveler said voters can also go to her office to obtain a free voter ID card.
“Most people have something,” she said.
Melissa Pike, chairwoman of the Cobb Democratic Party, said she has worked to obtain mail in ballots for elderly residents who don’t have driver’s licenses. While she hasn’t had problems with ID laws, she said that she has found at least 700 people who her group has helped registered who haven’t been placed on the voter rolls by Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.
Pike said she is working with Cobb Elections and the Secretary of State to resolve the matter by Election Day.
“They’re lucky we’ve got a very, very sharp group at the Cobb County Board of Elections,” Pike said. “We think it’s going to be OK, but we are keeping an eye on it.”
Cobb GOP Chairman Joe Dendy said he has been helping to round up support for Romney, with support “even more so” than in previous years. The Cobb Republican Party has 4,000 Romney/Ryan yard signs, 2,000 of which have already been issued. With Georgia expected to go Romney’s way, Cobb Republicans are also setting up phone banks to call voters in swing states, where the election is expected to be much tighter.
Both the Republican and Democratic parties have booths at the North Georgia State Fair. Dendy said the GOP had a particularly big response after Wednesday night’s Sara Evans concert.
“We looked up and people were standing from that doorway (about 50 feet away) to us, waiting to get bumper stickers,” Dendy said.
Pike said Democrats are going from door-to-door registering voters, also reminding them of the importance of some of the down-ballot races. They have to remind some residents that registering to vote doesn’t make you eligible to be called for jury duty.
“I tell them your driver’s license does that,” she said.
Early and advance voting will be available at the following locations:
* Weekdays from Oct. 15 through Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the main Elections office, located at 736 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta.
* Oct. 25 and 26, between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy, Marietta, 30060.
* Oct 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the main Elections office and the Cobb County Civic Center.
* From Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta; East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta; Noonday Baptist Church Sanctuary, 4121 Canton Road, Marietta; Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna; NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw; Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain. Park, 4845 Dallas Hwy, Powder Springs; South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton; and at the South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell.