Voter registration up in county

Published 1:57 pm Monday, October 27, 2008

With the Nov. 4 elections only days away, the number of registered voters all over the country has hit record highs. The same holds true for Crenshaw County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 voting age population estimate, Crenshaw County should have 10,540 residents who are 18 years of age or older.

As of Oct. 27, the county has 9,190 registered voters, according to Crenshaw County Board of Registrars’ Chairman Olivia Sipper, a number that has definitely seen an increase since the June 3 Primary elections.

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“For the June 3 Primary, we had 8,407 registered voters,” Sipper said. “This month alone we’ve had 337 new registered voters.”

“People have been coming in right and left updating their addresses, telling us if they’ve moved out of the county, or if they’ve married and needed to make a name change. All of this has been extremely helpful to us.”

Sandra Berry, the absentee ballot manager, said that 179 absentee ballots had been mailed out as of Oct. 23, and 78 had been turned back in.

This Tuesday, voters should bring some form of identification as they head to the polls. Sipper explained that various forms of ID were acceptable, just as long as it includes the voter’s correct name and address. The ID does not necessarily need a photo. Identification could include a driver’s license, a voter ID card, a military ID card, any government document that shows the name and address of the voter, a bank statement, a utility bill, a hunting and fishing license, or a passport, for example.

“If anyone has any questions about which precinct they vote in, please don’t hesitate to call the Board of Registrars Office at 335-6568 for help,” Sipper added. “Voters can even call on Election Day if they don’t know where to go to vote.”