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City of Climax will hold election for Council Seat

The City of Climax will hold an election for the at-large council seat presently held by incumbent John T. Walker. Larry Lowe qualified to run against Walker in the Nov. 2 municipal elections.

Climax Mayor Joseph Melvin Kelly was the only candidate to qualify for mayor, and Councilwoman Betty Clark was the only candidate to qualify for her at-large seat. Their names will appear on the ballot, but there are no qualified write-in candidates.

The City of Climax presently has 189 active voters. Its precinct is located at the Climax Volunteer Fire Department located at 402 W. Lee St. in Climax.

Voters may now request an application for an absentee ballot. To make a request, voters must have an acceptable form of identification with a number that must be written on the request for an absentee ballot, as well as when returning that absentee mail-in ballot. The acceptable forms of identification with a number are a Georgia Driver’s License or a state-issued identification card issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. This is a change from previous elections as a result of Senate Bill 202. If you have questions concerning a mail-in ballot or the necessary requirements for your ballot, please contact the Elections Office at 243-2087.

Oct. 12, a Tuesday because that Monday is a state holiday, is the earliest day the Elections Office may issue mail-in ballots. The last day you may submit an application for an absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 22.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, is also the first day for advanced voting, which will be held at the Elections Office located at 122 W. Water St. in downtown Bainbridge. Advanced voting will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are two mandatory Saturday advanced voting days, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23.

Oct. 4 is the deadline to register to vote for this election or to make a change of address.

Mail-in absentee ballots may be deposited into the drop-off box located inside the Elections Office during advanced voting days and hours. The last day to drop off your mail-in ballot and for it to count is Friday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m.

You cannot drop off your mail-in ballot at the precinct nor at the Elections Office on Election Day and expect it to be counted. However, you may mail your absence ballot as long as the Elections Office receives it in the mail by Election Day.

Polls will be open for the Climax precinct only on Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only residents of the City of Climax may vote in this election. Even if your precinct is Climax, but you are outside the Climax’s city limits, you are not eligible to vote in this election.

The municipal elections for the City of Bainbridge and the Town of Brinson are cancelled because all the incumbents qualified and were re-elected without opposition.