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Grady County election officials are gearing up for the opening of advance in-person voting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12.
Early voting runs though Friday, Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and will be held weekdays at the Grady County Courthouse.
One day of Saturday voting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the courthouse.
Grady County chief registrar Malinda Butler reports this week that 2,868 absentee ballots have been requested by registered voters here and as of Tuesday, 805 of those ballots had been cast.
Butler anticipates poll workers managing the early voting will be busy between now and Oct. 30.
In addition to the presidential election, the ballot also includes key races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and the Georgia House of Representatives as well as the office of Grady County Sheriff and two hotly contested county commission seats.
Incumbent Grady County Sheriff Harry Young, running as a republican, is being challenged by Democrat Donald (Dickie) Thomas. The District 1 Grady County Commission seat is being sought by incumbent Commissioner June Knight and her Democratic challenger Ralph Harris.
Another local race is the District 4 Grady County Commission post, which features incumbent Commissioner LaFaye Copeland and her Republican challenger, former county commissioner Charles Renaud.
District 173 State Representative Darlene Taylor is opposed by former Cairo mayor, Democrat Booker T. Gainor.
Grady County Coroner Rusty Powe is being challenged by Democrat Latasha Copeland.
Another critical race on the ballot is the contest between incumbent U.S. Second Congressional District Representative Sanford Bishop and his Republican challenger, Don Cole.
Voters have until Oct. 30 to request an absentee ballot, however Butler reminds voters who choose to vote absentee they should mail back their ballot as early as possible or deposit in the secure drop-box located behind the Grady County Courthouse.
For more information or to request an absentee ballot, call Butler at (229) 377-1897 or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s new website ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov.
The website allows users to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them, which they can then return by mail or place in the drop-box located in the parking lot behind the Grady County Courthouse.
When a voter clicks on the website, he or she is prompted to supply personal data including name, date of birth and home county. The data then goes to the appropriate county elections office, which sends out the absentee ballot.
Voters who wish to cast absentee ballots are being asked not to procrastinate. The U.S. Postal Service is asking voters to allow 15 days for delivery each way.