Early voting starts Monday

Early voting for the November general election begins Monday in Georgia. And though it’s a year devoid of high-profile races for state and national office, metro Atlanta residents will elect a slew of local officials who, arguably, have a greater impact on their day-to-day lives.

From Dacula to Kennesaw and from Johns Creek to Jonesboro, scores of candidates are seeking to become mayors and city council members. They make the nitty-gritty decisions — about zoning, code enforcement, and police and fire protection — that shape local communities. They may also help craft solutions to thorny regional problems like transportation gridlock.

Election Day isn't until Nov. 3. But any registered voter can cast an early ballot. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Voter Guide at www.ajc.com/voterguide provides information on candidates running for office in elections across the Metro region.

Voters also can view personalized sample ballots and find early-voting polling locations on the Secretary of State's "My Voter Page" website at www.sos.ga.gov.

Regular polling places may not be open, and early voting may be limited to a few locations and times.