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Early voting in Georgia to begin Monday
Bulloch Registrar's Office ready for 8 a.m. opening
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If you already have your mind made up and are itching to cast your ballot in the general and special city elections, your moment arrives at 8 a.m. Monday.
That is when Advanced/Early Voting begins in Georgia. It is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Monday through Nov. 2.
Most of those days, the only place to cast ballots is in the Registrar’s Office at the Bulloch County Courthouse.
For three days, Oct. 23-25, voters may also cast ballots at the Russell Student Union on the campus of Georgia Southern University — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And from Oct. 29, and lasting through Nov. 2, people can vote early at the Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive, as well as the courthouse.
Finally, a special Saturday voting period will be held Oct. 27 at both the Bulloch County Courthouse and Honey Bowen Building, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Because this is a presidential election, turnout is expected to be heavy, especially on Election Day itself, Nov. 6. That day, polls will be open across the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All who are unsure of their voting eligibly may check their voting status, find polling locations and view sample ballots by visiting the courthouse in person or going online to vote.ga.gov, click on “My Voter Page,” and follow the directions.
The following races are contested in the general election:
-    President: Democratic incumbent Barack Obama vs. Republican challenger Mitt Romney
-    12th Congressional District: Republican challenger Lee Anderson vs. Democratic incumbent John Barrow
-    Georgia House, 160th District: Democratic challenger Marc Silver vs. Republican incumbent Jan Tankersley
-    Bulloch County Superior Court Clerk: Democratic challenger Liz Johnson vs. Republican incumbent Teresa Tucker
The general election ballot also contains a question that reads: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"
If approved, the measure would allow the state to re-establish the charter school commission. That panel, which had the power to approve charter schools regardless of the local school board's position, was struck down as unconstitutional last year by the Georgia Supreme Court.Residents of Statesboro’s District 1 will have an extra office to fill. In a special city election, held concurrent with the general election, voters will decide among four men vying to fill a Statesboro City Council seat left vacant by Councilman Tommy Blitch, who resigned in August. 
Radio host and marketing consultant Phil Boyum, local business owners Per Holtze and Jonathan McCollar and restaurant manager Maurice Jackson will appear on ballots of District 1 voters. Some residents might have to visit separate polling locations to vote in each election.
Prospective voters must provide valid identification — a Georgia driver’s license, government ID, passport or tribal identification — to complete a ballot during all early voting periods.
For more information, call the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Registration at (912) 764-6502.

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