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Avoid lines by voting early
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   Voters don’t have to wait until July 31 to cast their ballots.
    Early voting, which began July 9, allows flexibility and, this year, even makes it possible to vote on Saturday.
    When Georgia reduced early voting days from 45 days to 21, the state was forced to add Saturdays to the mix, Bulloch County Election Superintendent Pat Lanier Jones said.
    Residents who opt for early voting can do so to adjust to their own schedules, and may avoid long lines, waiting and crowded parking lots.
    Lanier reminded residents that early voting ends July 27.  Voters may visit either the Bulloch County Courthouse or the Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive (off Fair Road) from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday, and they must have a photo ID to vote.
    Next week, voters can take advantage of early voting for the General Primary from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bulloch County Courthouse and the Honey Bowen Building.
    Several local races — including sheriff, district attorney, and the District 1 Board of Education seat — are on primary ballots.
    A special election question proposing a 1-cent, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax  to fund regional transportation projects — commonly called TSPLOST — will also be presented to voters.
    U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., appears unopposed on the Democratic ballot, but four candidates — Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield — appear on the Republican side for the right to face Barrow to represent the 12th Congressional District in the November general election. The Republican-controlled Legislature redrew the 12th District, including more GOP-dominated areas and taking away Barrow’s home base of Savannah. Barrow moved to Augusta in March.
     For more information about elections, or to view a sample ballot, people can visit the website vote.ga.gov. The site provides registration information, directions to polling places, and times and dates of voting periods.
    For more information, call the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration at (912) 764-6502.       
   
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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