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Election office prepares for early voting period

This week, voting machines across the state are locked up and sealed. But that will change next Monday, when early voting starts in Georgia. / Mary Green

This week, voting machines across the state are locked up and sealed. But that will change next Monday, when early voting starts in Georgia.

If you're registered to vote, all you will need to bring with you is your ID.

Early voting in Dougherty County will run from Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. up through Friday, Nov. 3.

There's no voting on the Monday before Election Day, so the last day to vote early is Nov. 3.

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said she hopes this period helps people get to the polls.

“It gives them day hours if they work nights, or if they’re on the road, like truck drivers," she said. "That’s also the same purpose of absentee by mail, so we appreciate that our voters can have options, but we also like them to use all of those options.”

Nickerson also reminds Dougherty County residents that they only have one election this year, which is for the Ward 2 commissioner. Five candidates are running: incumbent Bobby Coleman, along with Matt Fuller, Haryl Dabney Jr., Ivey Hines and CaMia Hopson.

She said you should find out if you live in Ward 2 before you head to vote, which will only be done this year at the election office on the second floor of the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue.

Nickerson said you can check which ward you live in by calling their office at (229) 431-3247, visiting the Georgia Secretary of State's website, or checking your voter precinct ID card that was sent in the mail.

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