CANTON, GA (March 18, 2024) – The Cherokee Office of Elections and Voter Registration is urging residents who wish to vote by absentee ballot to apply for their absentee ballots as soon as possible. The U.S. Postal Service has been experiencing delays at the Palmetto Distribution Center.

“We have always strived to process absentee applications and absentee ballots as quickly as possible,” said Cherokee Elections Director Anne Dover. “Please apply for your absentee ballot early and send it back to us as soon as possible. This will allow for ample time for us to receive it.”

The U.S. Postal Service released a statement addressing delays: “The Postal Service plays an important role in the community, and we are committed to providing the best service possible.  While a vast majority of mail in the Atlanta area is being delivered in a timely manner, local management has been made aware of the concerns of some local customers regarding their mail delivery and are working quickly to resolve any issues.  We sincerely express our apologies to our customers who may have experienced a deviation from our normal dependable service and appreciate their patience.  Customers are reminded that, if they need assistance with mailing or shipping concerns, they have a variety of options for reaching us, including contacting a manager or supervisor at their local Post Office, calling 1-800-ASK-USPS(1-800-275-8777), or visiting our website at”

Applications must be received by the Elections Office no later than midnight May 10, 2024. Completed absentee ballots must be in the possession of the Elections Office by 7 p.m. May 21, 2024 (this is not a postmark deadline. The ballots must be received by the Elections Office by this date).

Residents have the option of voting at one of the early or advance voting precincts for the upcoming May 21, 2024 General Primary or on Election Day. Early and Advance Voting dates and locations will be posted to the Elections website at


Located 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Cherokee County is part of the 11-county metro-Atlanta area. Cherokee County boasts a population of more than 281,000, according to the July 2022 Census estimates. It is the one of the fastest growing counties in the metro region and its overall Board of Commissioners-controlled tax burden per capita is one of the lowest in the region.  Cherokee County has award-winning parks and recreational facilities, is a destination for corporate headquarters and is a great place to live, work and play. Cherokee County is the best of both worlds because it’s where “Metro Meets the Mountains.” Learn more at

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