Long County, under order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia’s Brunswick Division, has established polling places in each of its five districts.
The polling places are as follows:
• District 1: Beard’s Creek Voting Precinct, 3218 Marcus Nobles Road NE
• District 2: Rye Patch/Oakdale Voting Precinct, 2252 Darwell Long Road NE
• District 3: South Ludowici Voting Precinct, 198 Main St. Extension SW
• District 4: North Ludowici Voting Precinct, 469 N. Main St.
• District 5: Tibet Voting Precinct, 1431 Tibet Highway SE; the Fire Station Precinct, 840 Alma Flournoy Road; and the Annex Precinct, 12 S. McDonald St. (Faith Baptist Church)
The court also directed the county to schedule its upcoming general primary for March 12. If a runoff is necessary, it will be April 9. The general election is May 7. Voter notices will be mailed out no later than Jan. 28. According to the court ruling, qualifying for board of education and board of commissioners offices is Feb. 11-13.
The court order was by signed by 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Beverly Martin, U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia Judge J. Randall Hall and U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.
During Long County’s original general primary, which was July 31, six seats changed — three on the county commission and three on the board of education. However, on Aug. 27, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice ruled the election invalid because Long County district lines did not meet guidelines under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.