Early voting begins in Chatham County, voters should expect changes

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Early voting for the November election began on Tuesday in Chatham County. Just over 227,000 people are registered to vote in the county, according to the board of registrars.

Due to Senate Bill 202, also called The Election Integrity Act of 2021, voters should expect several changes when it comes to in-person voting and mail-in ballots.

In-person early voting runs from Tuesday, Oct. 12, to Friday, Oct. 29. Voters can expect to use new electronic ballot marking devices while voting in person. 

You can also vote using an absentee ballot. As of Monday, 754 people have requested one, according to the board of registrars.

You can submit a request form until Friday, Oct. 22. To do that, you can physically request a ballot at the board of registrars or submit one over mail, email or fax.

Instead of a signature, absentee ballots will be now verified through ID or the last four digits of your social security.

You do not need to provide a reason to vote early or absentee.

There are three drop-off box locations for Chatham County inside early voting locations. The deadline to submit absentee ballots is Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.

There are five early voting locations located at the main office on Eisenhower Drive, the Mosquito Control building, the Civic Center, Islands Library and Southwest Library. There are absentee ballot drop boxes inside the main office, Mosquito Control building and Islands Library.

You can also vote on the weekend at the Eisenhower Drive location. Those dates are Saturday, Oct. 16 and 24.

Officials encourage in-person voters to wear masks and remain socially distanced and will follow the same protocol.

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