Absentee ballots explained; voter registration drive this Saturday

Don’t miss the chance to have your voice heard in the upcoming June 3 election. Residents who need to vote absentee can pick up an absentee ballot at the Blount County Courthouse to vote for the primary election, but to vote on the alcohol referendum a separate absentee ballot must be picked up from the Oneonta City Hall, says Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe.

This also applies to Blountsville residents wanting to vote on its alcohol referendum.

Anyone can pick up an absentee ballot, but to turn in the ballot, the voter must either physically come to city hall or mail it to 202 3rd Ave. East, Oneonta, AL 35121, for the Oneonta election or to P.O. Box 186, Blountsville, AL, 35031, for the Blountsville election.

Two envelopes will be needed for the alcohol absentee vote including one containing an approved form of ID, such as a driver’s license or voter ID card, and the wet/dry referendum vote.

Deadline for absentee ballots is May 29 at noon.

For those voting on site at either the Oneonta or Blountsville locations, two voting areas will be set up – one to vote on the alcohol referendum and another to vote in the primary.

However, Oneonta and Blountsville employees say both votes will take place in the same buildings, just different locations in that building, and Oneonta will have greeters to help people, if needed. Voter registration drive

This Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., a voter registration drive will be conducted at the Depot at the Oneonta Rec Park to help non-registered voters have a chance to have their voice heard this election.

The event is sponsored by the Economic Betterment Society and will give residents the chance to register for free. The drive is open to all Blount County residents with the registration area being “politics free” with the only goal to get residents registered. Applicants will need to bring a valid Alabama driver’s license.

Refreshments, including hot dogs and sweet tea provided by Milos, will also be available. Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on hand to help Hispanic residents.