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Voter registration wraps up today
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Elections 2008

Monday is the last day to register to vote in Hall County’s July 15 primary elections. So here’s everything you will need to know to be prepared to cast your ballot next month, courtesy of Charlotte Sosebee-Hunter, Hall County’s elections director.

Question: Do I need to have an ID at the polling place?

Answer: Yes. A photo ID is required to vote, and there are several acceptable ones. Voters can bring a valid Georgia driver’s license, even if it is expired, any standard state or federal ID card, including the free voter ID, or a valid U.S. passport. Employee IDs will work for government employees, and a valid military ID or tribal ID is fine.

Q: How do I find out where I’m supposed to vote?

A: Your polling place can be found on the secretary of state’s office Web site, www.sos.ga.gov/elections. You can also call Hall County Elections at 770-531-6945 and ask.

Q: When is the last day I can register to vote?

A: Monday is the last day to register.

Q: Will there be any ballot questions this election?

A: No.

Q: What are the county’s contested races?

A: This election is partisan, meaning voters will have to choose to vote Democrat or Republican. On the Democratic ticket, the county commission Post 4 is contested. On the Republican ticket, the races for probate judge, clerk of court, tax commissioner and county commission Post 2 are all up for grabs.

Q: What if I want to vote early or file an absentee ballot?

A: A person who will not be at their polling place on Election Day, like someone who is out of town, elderly or disabled, needs to submit an application for an absentee ballot to Hall County Elections by mail or fax. The last day the office can receive applications is July 11. That is the last day the office can mail out ballots. Absentees can also fill out an application and vote at the elections office before July 11. Those who are interested in voting early for any reason will be able to do so beginning July 7 at the elections office. Absentee ballots cannot be accepted from anyone other than the voter or the person that assisted a disabled voter.

Q: What happens if there is a runoff?

A: The runoff election would be held on Aug. 5.

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