ATLANTA — Clayton County residents will get a rare opportunity to vote on a Saturday this weekend.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued a reminder to Georgia residents this week to announce the state’s Saturday voting date for the May 20 primary election. State law requires the polls be open to the public one Saturday during an election cycle.
The idea behind Saturday voting is that it gives voters who can’t make it to early polling sites during the week because of work obligations, a chance to cast their ballots ahead of the election.
“Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the May 20th Primary Election,” said Kemp. “The good news is that it is easier than ever to vote early. Georgians have the opportunity to vote early this Saturday at locations across Georgia.”
The ballot in Clayton County offers a mixture of key elections and issues. While statewide races, such as governor and an open U.S. Senate seat, sit at the top of local ballots, voters will also cast ballots in two county commission contests, two contested school board races, a contested nonpartisan State Court race and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum.
The U.S. 13th Congressional District seat held by Congressman David Scott is also contested on ballots of residents who live in the southern half of the county.
Clayton County Elections and Registration director Annie Bright said 577 ballots have been cast in person so far during the early voting period that began last week. The breakdown, she said is 457 Democratic ballots, 119 Republican ballots and one nonpartisan ballot.
She said 109 of the 593 requested Democratic absentee ballots have also be returned while 34 of the 73 requested Republican ballots have been filled out and sent back to the elections office. In all, 666 absentee ballots have been requested.
There were 151,773 registered voters in the county as of April 30, said Bright.
Six Clayton County polling locations will open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to the county’s elections website. Those locations include:
• The Elections and Registrations Office in the Historic Clayton County Courthouse, 121 South McDonough St. in Jonesboro.
• The Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road in Rex.
• The Headquarters Library Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro.
• Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road in Morrow.
• The South Clayton Recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Road in Lovejoy.
• The Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road in Riverdale.