Chatham County Board of Elections: Need to know polling place changes

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – If you plan on voting in person in next week’s primary and general election, be prepared to social distance. And, while not required, it is recommended that voters wear masks.

“We’re conducting safely and securely during the COVID 19 public health emergency,” says Tom Mahoney, the chair of the Chatham County Board of Elections.

He says voters will be six feet apart in line and a list of safety protocols will be in place, including, even the one-time use of stylus required for the new ballot marking devices.

“We are having relocated some polling locations and that is one of the most important things for us to stress is we are relocating ten polls to temporary locations,” said Mahoney. (View them at the bottom of this page)

Some polling places are in senior centers or churches which don’t want to open to voters at this point.

Elections Supervisor Russell Bridges said they had been working on establishing election polling locations for the past nine weeks. “It has taken up until last weekend to actually nail down them all down,” he told reporters.

Bridges says in the case of some churches, the buildings have not even been open to parishioners yet. He also said in the case of buildings that are being used that for some, the county will pay for cleaning after the election.

Mahoney also stressed there is a new voting system this year and says while the pandemic has taken center stage, voters will need to be aware that they will be using the new system so it may take some extra time as well.

Mahoney does say there may be fewer people at the polls, however, because of the statewide push to have more people vote absentee. In Chatham County, about 45,000 people requested an absentee ballot and so far up to 19,000 of them have already been returned.

Since there is now less than a week before next Tuesday’s election, Mahoney does suggest that to voters who have not yet mailed their absentee ballot that they drop it off at the election office on Eisenhower Drive.

The elections board is also thanking hundreds of poll workers who have still promised to volunteer on Election Day and says guidelines are being followed to keep those volunteers, county employees and the voters safe.

“I sure hope nobody decides not to vote because of this virus,” said Mahoney.

Temporary alternative polling places:

  • 1-14 St. Luke UMC will vote at:
    • Compassion Christian Church
    • 9150 Old Montgomery Rd, Savannah
  • 3-02 Rose of Sharon will vote at:
    • Temple Mickve Israel
    • 20 E Gordon St, Savannah, GA 31401
  • 4-14 Skidaway Island Methodist will vote at:
    • Skidaway Island Baptist
    • 2 Westridge Road, Skidaway Island
  • 5-07 Elks Lodge will vote at:
    • Station 1
    • 10703 White Bluff Rd, Savannah
  • 5-10 Jonesville Baptist will vote at:
    • Tatumville Community Center
    • 333 Coleman St, Savannah, GA
  • 6-08 Savannah Commons will vote at:
    • Christ Memorial Baptist Church
    • 1023 Dutchtown Rd, Savannah, GA
  • 6-10 Georgetown Elementary will vote at:
    • Station 3
    • 2009 Grove Point Rd, Savannah, GA
  • 7-12 Pooler Church
    • Pooler Recreation Center Gymnasium
    • 900 S. Rogers St., Pooler GA
    • (may be in the gym or some other place, location will be marked)
  • 7-16 Legacy at Savannah Quarters will vote at:
    • Pooler Recreation Center Gymnasium
    • 900 S. Rogers St., Pooler GA
    • (may be in the gym or some other place, location will be marked)
  • 8-16 The Oaks at Pooler will vote at:
    • Royal Cinemas and IMAX
    • 5 Towne Center Court, Pooler GA

The board also sent out a full list of regular precinct locations — be sure to double-check your own for any changes. For example, residents who have historically voted at the Garden City Gymnasium on Priscilla D Thomas Way (aka Wheathill Road) will now vote at Garden City First Baptist Church (35 Nelson Ave.).

You can also find your polling place, check the status of your absentee ballot, or see a sample ballot by visiting here.

Regular precinct locations:

  • 1-01 First Presbyterian Church
  • 1-05 JEA Building
  • 1-06 Central Church of Christ
  • 1-08 Grace United Methodist Church
  • 1-09 Immanuel Baptist Church
  • 1-10 St. Thomas Episcopal Church
  • 1-12 Isle of Hope Baptist Center
  • 1-13 The Sanctuary
  • 1-16 Ferguson Ave Baptist Church
  • 1-17 Islands Christian Church
  • 1-01 First Presbyterian Church
  • 1-05 JEA Building
  • 1-06 Central Church of Christ
  • 1-08 Grace United Methodist Church
  • 1-09 Immanuel Baptist Church
  • 1-10 St. Thomas Episcopal Church
  • 1-12 Isle of Hope Baptist Center
  • 1-13 The Sanctuary
  • 1-16 Ferguson Ave Baptist Church
  • 1-17 Islands Christian Church
  • 2-02 River Pointe
  • 2-03 W. W. Law Center
  • 2-04 Fellowship of Love Community Church
  • 2-05 Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
  • 2-06 Eli Whitney Complex
  • 2-07 Christ Community Church, Morningside
  • 2-09 Salvation Army
  • 2-11 Stillwell Towers
  • 2-12 Williams Court
  • 3-01 Old Courthouse
  • 3-03 Savannah High School
  • 3-04 1st African Baptist Church
  • 3-05 New Generations Cathedral
  • 3-08 Jenkins High School
  • 3-09 ConneXion Church
  • 3-10 Bible Baptist Church
  • 3-11 Southside Baptist Church
  • 3-12 Thunderbolt Municipal Complex
  • 3-13 New Covenant Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • 3-14 Oglethorpe Charter Academy
  • 3-15 Eli Whitney Complex (3-15)
  • 4-02 Islands High School Annex
  • 4-04 Lighthouse Baptist Church
  • 4-05 Saint Francis Episcopal
  • 4-06 First Baptist Church of the Islands
  • 4-07 Wilmington Island Methodist Church
  • 4-08 Wilmington Island Pres. Church
  • 4-10 Tybee Island Court House
  • 4-11 Tybee Old School Cafeteria
  • 4-12 St. Peters Episcopal Church
  • 4-13 Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church
  • 4-15 Skidaway Island State Park
  • 5-01 Bartlett Middle School
  • 5-02 Senior Citizens Inc
  • 5-03 Butler Pres. Ed. Building
  • 5-05 Liberty City Community Center
  • 5-06 Seed Church
  • 5-08 Savannah Primitive Baptist Church
  • 5-11 Largo Tibet School
  • 6-01 White Bluff Presbyterian Church
  • 6-02 Windsor Forest Baptist Church
  • 6-03 Crusader Community Center
  • 6-05 Windsor Hall
  • 6-06 The Light
  • 6-09 Trinity Lutheran Church
  • 6-11 Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
  • 7-01 Garden City Senior Center
  • 7-03 Preston B. Edwards Gymnasium
  • 7-04 Lakeshore Community Center
  • 7-05 Woodlawn Baptist Church
  • 7-06 Pooler Municipal Building
  • 7-07 Rothwell Baptist Church
  • 7-08 Bloomingdale Community Center
  • 7-09 Savannah Holy Church of God
  • 7-10 Progressive Recreation
  • 7-11 Savannah First Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • 7-13 Southside Fire Training Center
  • 7-14 Coastal Cathedral Church of God
  • 7-15 Rice Creek School
  • 8-01 Civic Center
  • 8-02 Hellenic Center
  • 8-03 Silk Hope Baptist Church
  • 8-05 West Broad YMCA
  • 8-06 Tompkins Recreation Center
  • 8-07 Woodville Tompkins Technical Institute
  • 8-08 Resurrection of Our Lord Church
  • 8-09 Moses Jackson Center
  • 8-10 Carver Heights Community Center
  • 8-11 Butler School
  • 8-12 Beach High School
  • 8-13 Savannah Christian School
  • 8-15 First Baptist Church of Garden City

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