Gov. Kemp signs bill giving Skidaway Island residents incorporation vote

Skidaway Island gets incorporation vote

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Friday morning, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the second bill of the current legislative session.

It gives residents of Skidaway Island an important vote next month.

House Bill 29 will allow those living on the island the choice of whether or not they want to incorporate, to become their own city.

Now that the governor signed off on the special election, the Chatham County Board of Elections office will prepare four polling locations on Skidaway. Two are right next to each other as you come onto the island on Diamond Causeway.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Skidaway Island Presbyterian, Skidaway Island Methodist and Skidaway Island State Park are where registered voters can cast their ballot, voting yes or no, on March 19.

This year, March 19 falls right in the middle of Savannah-Chatham County Schools Spring Break, so for those who will be out of town, there’s early voting opportunities from Feb. 25 to March 15.

Friday, we caught up with the CEO of Chatham Emergency Services to see what will happen with that essential service should Skidaway Island residents decide to incorporate.

Right now, they provide fire and EMS coverage for the island.

According to CES, EMS won’t change because it’s not regulated by cities. It’s a service that’s regionally controlled by the state.

CES CEO Chuck Kearns said, “On the fire side, we’ve been assured by folks at The Landings that they’re going to continue to just contract with us for fire service, and that rings true in the study that was done. Fire service wasn’t even brought up in the study because we’re not a part of the Special Services Taxing District. We’re a private, not-for-profit, and we contract individually with property owners.”

Registration Deadline:

The last day to register to vote or update your address information for the Special Election is Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Absentee Ballots:

Absentee Ballots will be available by mail beginning Monday, February 25, 2019, for the March 19th Special Election. A written request is required for all ballots. Applications are available in the office or online here. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is Friday, March 15, 2019.

Absentee Ballots applications may be returned by:

1. Mail: Voter Registration, PO Box 13757, Savannah, GA 31416; or

2. Fax: 912-790-1519; or

Early/Advance Voting:

Begins Monday, February 25, 2019 and ends on Friday, March 15, 2019.

February 25 – March 8, 2019

Locations Address Hours

Main Office 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite E 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Monday - Friday

Extended Hours

March 11 – March 15, 2019

Locations Address Hours

Main Office 1117 Eisenhower Drive, Suite E 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Monday - Friday

Should you have any questions or require additional information please contact the Chatham County Voter Registration Office at 912-790-1520.

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