By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
When Precinct #3 voters go to their polling place in Lee on Aug. 26 and Nov. 4, they will meet several members of the local Rotary Club. At the Precinct #11 polling place on SE Bunker Street, voters will find the polling positions staffed by members of the Kiwanis Club of Madison.
Both clubs are participating in the “Adopt-a-Precinct” program through the Madison County Supervisor of Elections Office.
The clubs will supply at least five members to be trained as poll workers, who will then work the polls from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. during the Aug. 26 Primary and the Nov. 4 General Election.
Additionally, there are eight early voting dates for each election, or 16 in all. Eligible Madison County residents who wish to vote, but are not yet registered, should remember that the deadline for registering is 29 days before the election they wish to vote in. For the Aug. 26 primary, the registration books close July 28. Those wishing to register, or to switch party affiliations, must do so before this date.
Additionally, those who have not done so recently are encouraged to stop by the Supervisor of Elections Office at 239 SW Pinckney St., (next to the Courthouse Annex) and update their signature cards, since many people’s signatures tend to change over a period of years. In a pinch, should they have to vote a provisional ballot or vote absentee, whether or not their vote is ultimately certified and counted depends on whether or not the signatures provided match what is on file.
In an effort to honor those who have served our country and played a role in preserving the right to vote, the Madison County Supervisor of Elections Office implemented the “Vote In Honor Of A Veteran” program Nov. 1, 2013. Citizens are encouraged to bring photos of friends and family who have served in the armed forces (old military photos as well current photos of active military personnel) to the Supervisor of Elections Office, and fill out a short biographical form on the service man or woman. The photos can be scanned into the computer to produce a display copy for the “Wall of Honor,” and the biographical forms will be kept in a notebook for interested citizens to read.
Family or friends who bring in photos and bio sheets will be given a “Vote in Honor of a Vet” pin that they can proudly wear on Election Day.