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Deadline to register to vote is next Tuesday

Those who have not registered to vote in next month’s general election have only a few days left to do so.
Registration books will be closed next Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, to be eligible to vote in the upcoming general election on Nov. 8.
Chief Registrar Jean Marshall reported this week that so far over 400 new voters have registered to be eligible to vote next month.
As of Tuesday, Grady County has 15,203 active and inactive voters on the rolls who are eligible to cast ballots.
“We have had people coming in to register that are in their 60s who have never voted before, and they are going to vote in this election,” Ms. Marshall said.
The election official also reported this week that 142 absentee ballots have been requested and mailed out, as well as nine military ballots.
“It has never been easier to register to vote in our state,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “For the first time in Georgia, voters can register to vote or update their information online, via text, or by using my office’s smart phone app.”
Georgia citizens can submit an electronic voter registration application using their Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number on several platforms: Online Voter Registration (OLVR), the free “GA SOS” mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and the recently announced “2VOTE” text messaging pilot project. Individuals can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to register to vote by the deadline on Oct. 11, 2016.
“As Georgia’s chief elections official, I want to ensure every Georgian has the opportunity to register to vote and allow their voice to be heard at the polls,” said Kemp. “The right to vote for our public officials should never be taken for granted.”
Before Oct. 11, voters should verify their voting information in Georgia’s Voter Registration System and, if necessary, update their record. The “My Voter Page” is a great resource to check your voter status, update your personal record and view individualized voting information to prepare for November.
Advanced voting begins Oct. 17 and this year Saturday voting will be held on Oct. 29.
According to state officials, there are 6.5 million registered voters in Georgia.

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