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Douglasville, GA - For the first time in the history of Douglas County, Georgia, the Douglas County Board of Elections and Registration Department has decided to provide a 6th advance voting location geared to older adults age 55 and older, serving Douglas County's largest voting block of residents.
"We are trying to accommodate all our voting citizens but also increase our customer service focusing on Douglas County's older adult population," said County Elections Director Milton Kidd. "Older adults are very active voters in the county and demonstrate their civic duty by being the most in attendance at the Commissioners' Work Sessions, Commission Meetings and various other events."
The largest number of voters during Advance Voting visit the Courthouse, but older adults have expressed concerns of how challenging voting at the courthouse is for them. As a result, the Elections and Registration Department has coordinated with the Woodie Fite Senior Center to provide a secured area for older adults to vote in the Woodie Fite Senior Center located at 8750 Dorris Road, Douglasville, Ga. 30134.
"This is a large, strategic, coordinated effort to prepare for what is anticipated to be a very vast voter turnout for the 2020 election cycle," said Rick Martin, Director of Communications and Community Relations Department. "Our Board of Elections and Registration Department Team hosted a meeting recently with our External Affairs Department, Senior Services Director, Woodie Fite Senior Center Director and I to come up with a game plan to serve older adults in Douglas County during the upcoming elections."
The schedule for advance voting for the year 2020 is March 9-March 13, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., May 4-May 8, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and October 19-October 23, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
"Too often our older adults have expressed they feel forgotten," Rick Martin, Director of Communications & Community Relations for Douglas County said. "The Board of Commissioners, through Douglas County's Board of Elections Department, is committed to make sure that will not be the case."
The County intends to run shuttle van services from the Douglas County Transportation Center and the Courthouse to the Woodie Fite Center and other county locations. Free transportation for voting purposes only will be provided, but must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. Any citizens interested are asked to call 770-920-7213 to schedule a pick up. The Woodie Fite Senior Center is an adult recreation and educational facility for those over the age of 55, and is a part of Douglas County Senior Services that serves active adults with specialized activities and fitness to help promote healthy aging.
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Cobb & Douglas Public Health is working with federal, state and local partners to expand COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus) testing rapidly in our community. This week, we are finalizing plans to offer drive-through testing ONLY for our highest risk individuals, who, if they had the virus, would dramatically impact many individuals in the entire community (e.g., healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, nursing home residents). Georgia Public Health guidelines are being finalized and we are expecting shipments of test kits to our community. COVID-19 TESTING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED TO THE GENERAL COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been directly exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please isolate at home. If your condition worsens, call your primary care doctor, an urgent care clinic, your local federally qualified healthcare center or in extreme cases, call 911. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. The State of Georgia also has a new COVID-19 hotline for more information - Hotline: (844) 442-2681
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