Here’s how to beat Friday’s early-voting deadline in Georgia

Friday is the last day to vote early in Georgia’s hotly contested general election, including tight races both for governor and the U.S. Senate. Here’s a reminder of where to go and what to bring with you if you want to avoid the lines on Tuesday:

Where do I vote?

Any voter registered in Georgia can vote early. You can find personalized sample ballots and early-voting polling locations on the secretary of state’s “My Voter Page” website (www.mvp.sos.ga.gov).

Information about local elections can also be found on the state’s “GA Votes” mobile apps. You can download the free apps for both Apple and Android operating systems using either the iTunes app store for an iPhone or iPad, or Google Play for Android.

What if I don’t know whether I’m registered?

Be proactive. Check the online secretary of state’s Web page. Or directly contact your local election office. You can find a phone number through a telephone directory or on the secretary of state’s website at www.sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/countyregistrarsindex.asp.

What to bring with you

Georgia requires voters to show photo identification when they vote in person. Approved forms of identification include a Georgia driver’s license, even if it’s expired; a state-issued voter identification card; a valid U.S. passport; and a valid U.S. military photo ID.

Early voting across Georgia

More than 709,700 voters have cast ballots since Oct. 13, when early voting started. That total, however, is as of Thursday morning — leaving plenty of time to beat the early-voting tally of 774,690 from 2010, when Georgia last held a midterm election.

Know before you go

Check out our voter guide to see how your candidate answered questions and create your own customized ballot at AJC.com/voterguide.

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