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It’s off to the races as voting begins Monday

There will be 10 new voters eligible to cast ballots in the upcoming May 20 primaries and non-partisan election, according to Grady County election officials.
Early voting begins Monday, April 28 at 8 a.m. at the Grady County Courthouse. The advanced voting period runs through Friday, May 16 and there will be one day of Saturday voting on Saturday, May 10.
Grady County Registrar Jean Marshall’s office reported Tuesday that when the voter registration period ended Monday a grand total of 10 new voters were added to the rolls of local registered voters.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced this week that 11,970 Georgians went online using a computer or the MVP mobile app to use the new online voter registration system.  6,884 new voters used the system and 5,086 citizens used the system to update their information.
“When we launched this system three weeks ago, I made a commitment to speak to as many Georgia voters as possible so that they could take advantage of this great new tool,” said Kemp.  “The team in the Office of the Secretary of State spoke and worked in every region of Georgia to get people engaged in the new system.  It is enormously gratifying that Georgians responded in numbers this large.”
Georgia voters can download the new “My Voter Page” (MVP) app on their Apple or Android device,  where they can view their specific sample ballot, find their early voting and election day polling locations, check voter registration status and track the status of their absentee ballot.  Search for “GA Votes” in the app store.
While the April 21 deadline for voter registration in order to participate in the May 20 Primary has passed, citizens with a valid Georgia driver’s license can still use the system to register for the Nov. 4 General Election.  The deadline for registration for the General is Oct. 6, 2014.
Grady County voters will help decide who represents District 173 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Incumbent republican Rep. Darlene Taylor of Thomasville is being challenged by retired University of Georgia Extension Agent Don Clark of Grady County.
District 173 includes portions of Thomas and Decatur Counties and all of Grady County.
Also on the republican primary ballot is a hotly contested race for the District 2 seat on the Grady County Commission.
Incumbent Commissioner Billy Poitevint is being challenged by civil engineer Richard Powell and local farmer Ray Prince.
Poitevint is seeking a second four-year term on the county commission.
The only other local race on the ballot will be the three-man race for Grady County State Court Judge.
Joshua C. Bell, who came up a few votes short of being elected four years ago, is making a second run for the judgeship.
First-time candidates K. Todd Butler and Jami Lewis, both local attorneys, are also vying for the position currently held by State Court Judge Bill Bass.
While the judge’s race is a non-partisan election, Grady County elections officials remind voters that the only way to vote in the State House race is to request a republican ballot.

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