Georgia registration deadline, early voting looming

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News 12 First at Five / Monday, Oct. 8, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One by one, registration forms are being processed, and last-minute voters like Alice Williams and her husband are completing paperwork for the first time.

"He really wanted to come," Williams said. "He said it is very important for him to vote."

The first thing to keep in mind is that the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday.

"By close of business tomorrow," confirmed Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey. "Or at least get it postmarked by tomorrow."

The second thing to remember is that early voting begins in Georgia on Monday, Oct. 15.

"There is plenty of time to early vote," Bailey said. "There is plenty of time to still get a ballot through the mail."

Your third tip to remember is if you don't have the required photo identification, you can head to the Board of Elections office on Greene Street to take a photo.

"Once you fill out the paperwork," Bailey said. "We're going to give you your ID card right there on the spot. The ID card that we give out in the Board of Elections office is for voting purposes only."

Bailey says voters should also expect to see some unfamiliar names on their ballot due to the new redistricting maps.

"The commission districts are different," Bailey said. "The school board districts are different. Your district numbers are different but your polling place remains the same."

Early voting starts in one week. If you don't have a photo ID, you can stop by the BOE. Expect new names on the ballot, but polling places will stay the same.

South Carolina's registration deadline was this past weekend. You will need a photo ID when you sign up. Your voter registration card will let you know where you can cast your vote.

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