Georgia voter registration deadline looms

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Georgia voter registration deadline looms

Tuesday is the final day Georgia voters can register to participate in the Nov. 6 general election.

Absentee ballots already have been mailed to people across the state who requested them. Next up? Early “in-person” voting at select locations, beginning Oct. 15.

Most eyes will be on the presidential race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, although Georgians will cast votes on several statewide and local issues, too.

Those include 14 Senate races and 43 House races up for grabs in contested races. Voters must also decide whether or not to amend the state constitution regarding control over the authorization of charter schools and how the state may rent buildings for its use.

Anyone can confirm their voter registration status online through the Georgia secretary of state’s website (www.sos.ga.gov). The site also provides access to applications, other instructions about how to register and information about where counties will host early voting sites.

For the last presidential election four years ago, 5.7 million voters — or about 71 percent — of the state’s eligible voting-age residents 18 and older were registered. That effort matched the 2008 national average.

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