Today is last day to register to vote in November

Nearly every statewide office is up for grabs this year, along with a historic number of open seats, making this an election not to miss. This year's ballots will also include all 180 state House seats, all 56 Senate districts and the entire 13-member congressional delegation, not to mention myriad judicial and local races.

Through the end of September, the number of registered voters in Georgia had increased more than 11 percent since the November 2008 election, and minorities are registering at a faster pace. The greatest increase, by percentage, were among Hispanic males and females. Both groups have had registration spikes of more than 22 percent since 2008.

Asian-Americans also saw big increases, with the number of Asian men who registered increasing 19 percent and Asian women 21 percent.

African-American registration also increased, with men outpacing women 11 percent to 9 percent. White voter registration saw more modest growth: 8 percent among women and about 10 percent among men.

To register, visit your local county registrar and fill out an application. You can find your registrar's office on the Secretary of State's website, http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/voter_registration/voter_reg_app.htm.

If you mail in your application and it is the first time you've registered to vote in Georgia, you must include a copy of a current and valid photo ID, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

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