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Sunday April 23rd, 2017 1:49PM

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

By AccessWDUN staff

If you want to vote in this year's General Election and have not registered to, time to do so is running out.  The deadline in Georgia is Tuesday.

“As Georgia’s chief election official, I want to ensure every Georgian has the opportunity to register to vote and allow their voice to be heard at the polls,” Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a recent news release.  “The right to vote for our public officials should never be taken for granted.”

There are several ways to register.  You can submit an electronic voter registration application using your Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number on several platforms: Online Voter Registration (OLVR), the free “GA SOS” mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and the recently announced “2VOTE” text messaging pilot project. You can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to register to vote by the deadline.

By Tuesday, Kemp says, current Georgia voters should verify their voting information and, if necessary, update their record. The “My Voter Page” is also great resource to prepare for casting your ballot in November. You can locate your polling place, download an absentee ballot request application, view your sample ballot, research elected officials, and access other helpful tools leading up to November.

Just last week, Kem unveiled five video tutorials in English, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese on voter registration, absentee voting by mail, advance in-person voting, and Election Day voting. 

"I want every eligible Georgian to have the information they need to take part in the electoral process," stated Secretary Kemp. “These new resources will help voters who are non-English speakers know how to register to vote and prepare to cast their ballot.”

Kemp initiated this project to ensure every Georgian is informed on Election Day, according to a press release from his office. Individuals can view the tutorials by visiting Kemp’s YouTube channel or the Elections Division’s website. All four tutorials will be available to Georgians by week’s end. Kemp will also work with minority advocacy groups to promote the videos in various communities across the state.

“In the Secretary of State’s office, we are dedicated to ensuring every Georgian has the opportunity to register to vote and allow their voice to be heard at the polls,” said Kemp.

Meanwhile, Early/Advance in-person voting begings October 17.  State-mandated Saturday voting will be held Oct. 29.  Absentee voting has already begun.  November 4 is the last day you can request an absentee ballot. 

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