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Nine days remain to vote for Mayor

IN THEIR OWN WORDS  – Which candidate for Mayor has the right stuff, the grandest vision and the greatest ability to lead the city into the future? In an effort to assist voters in that decision, and to offer voters a chance to hear directly from the candidates, the Donalsonville News will host an In Their Own Words forum for the candidates for Mayor; however, because of gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 crisis, the forum will be filmed and broadcast digitally on YouTube. The candidates will be asked the same questions and the question and answer forum will be presented digitally via YouTube next Thursday.  Details on how to access and watch the broadcast, as well as each question and the candidates’ complete answers, will be printed in the June 4th edition of the Donalsonville News.

On Tuesday, June 9, voters in the City of Donalsonville will determine the city’s future direction with the selection of a new mayor, Ron Johnson or Mitzy Moye. Counting today, May 28, there are only nine days remaining for voters to make their choice in the City of Donalsonville Municipal Special Election to fill the unexpired term of retired Mayor Dan Ponder.

Advance in-person voting for the June 9 Special Election and the statewide General Primary and Presidential Preference Primary will continue from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, June 5. Voters will also have the opportunity to vote this Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All advance voting takes place in the Office of the Probate Court in the Seminole County Courthouse located at 200 South Knox Avenue in Donalsonville. The final opportunity to cast a vote will be on Election Day, June 9, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Each of the city’s 1849 registered voters has the opportunity to direct that future and it is an obligation as a citizen to take the time and vote. 

As of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 212 votes have been cast in person, and county wide, 900 absentee ballots have been requested by voters.

To make the voting process run as smoothly as possible voters are reminded they must have either a Georgia Driver’s License or photo identification and poll workers are requesting voters have their form of identification out and ready to present to the election staff. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic still causing widespread health concerns in the community, the following precautions will be taken for advanced in person voting.

Wearing a mask of some sort is strongly encouraged but will not be required. No more than two people will be allowed in the voting area of the Office of the Probate Court, and without exception, children will NOT be permitted in the voting area.  

All voters will be expected to maintain and adhere to social distancing requests and remain six feet apart.  Spacing distance will be marked on the floor of the lobby of the Seminole County Courthouse.

In an effort to sanitize the electronic ballot marking devices (BMDs), please allow the elections staff time to wipe down each machine after it is used.

The Secretary of State’s Office has mailed absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in every county in the State of Georgia.  If you did not or have not received your application and would like an application for an absentee ballot, please contact the Office of the Probate Court by phone at (229)524-5256 or email at, to request your application.  Absentee ballots can be requested until June 5. 

If anyone has questions or concerns about the upcoming election on June 9, 2020 please do not hesitate to contact the Election Superintendent, Michael Jon Rogerson or the Chief Deputy Registrar Kristy Wilson, by phone at (229)524-5256 or by email at

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