April 30, 2014

Early voting under way

Georgia’s general primary may still be three weeks away, on May 20, but some local voters have already cast their ballots.

Early voting started Monday across the state, and election officials say it has gotten off to a good start locally.

Whitfield County Registrar Mary Hammontree said 147 people had voted by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a number she described as “solid.” Almost half voted on Monday.

Murray County Registrar Larry Sampson said about 80 people had voted there by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

In Whitfield County, early voting takes place in the elections office in the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. In Murray County, early voting takes place in the elections office in the courthouse annex from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

In both counties, and across the state, early voting will also be held on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting concludes on Friday, May 16.

Voters must show an accepted form of a valid photo ID. These include a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card issued by a county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; a valid passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

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