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It’s Down to the Wire; Election Day Nov. 8

On Tuesday, November 8, voters will go to the polls to select a new state legislature and all of the state’s top executives in Georgia’s 2022 midterm election. The state’s 14 U.S. House seats and one of two U.S. Senate seats are also up for election.

Across the State Georgia voters continued to hit record-breaking turnout on continued from page

day 12 of early voting. As of the morning of Saturday, October 29, Georgia continued to break records with 1,389,200 voters casting their ballot during early voting, with 138,421 showing up on Friday, October 28, said a report from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office filed Sunday.

Friday’s total marks 36% above day 12 of 2018 midterm early voting. Georgia has had record early voting turnout since the first day of early voting this year, surging to nearly twice the number on the first day of early voting in 2018.

“One in five active voters has already gotten their vote in, and we will hit the 2 million mark next week,' said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “The strength of our voter registration system and our county election directors are on full display.”

Voters have begun to return absentee (mail) ballots at a higher pace, and as of Friday, 144,394 ballots have been returned to county election offices. Only 899 ballots have been rejected statewide, and those voters receive cure notices explaining how they can cure any discrepancy.

No substantial delays were reported Saturday. Early voting turnout is expected to increase during this last week of early voting. To find Early Voting locations and hours in your county, visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.

Turnout Numbers Through 10/29/2022: Total Turnout: 1,533,594 Early In-Person: 1,389,200 Absentee: 144,394 New Turnout Since Previous Day: 146,400 Early In-Person Since Previous Day: 138,421 Absentee Since Previous Day: 7,979 Area Races

Area ballots for the November 8 General Election will include two races of particular local interest. Vidalia attorney Blake Tillery is seeking reelection to his District 19 Senate post and businesswoman Leesa Hagan of Lyons is vying to win reelection to her District 156 seat. Both are Republicans.

Tillery is being challenged by Michael “Buckle” Moore, a Democrat, from Douglas, and Hagan is being challenged by Lethia Kittrell, a Democrat, of Fitzgerald. No local offices are in contention; however, four unopposed candidates will be listed on two area ballots. In Montgomery County, Clarence Thomas, District 4, and Leland Adams, District 5, will be on the ballot. In Toombs County, Alfred Cason, District 1 and Tommy Rollins, District 4 will be on the ballot. These races are nonpartisan.

Advance Voting

Advance voting continues through Friday, November 4. Voters must visit the registrar’s offices in their respective counties to complete advance voting Monday through Friday. Voting on November 8 will take place at the polling locations listed below: Polling Places Toombs County New Branch New Branch United Methodist Church 5174 Ga. Highway 178 Cedar Crossing Uvalda Community Center 2926 Cedar Crossing Road Vidalia Police Department New Municipal Annex 302 E. 1st St.

STC Adult Literacy Building 100 Brinson St.

Lyons/Partin Park 168 Miot Rd.

Montgomery County

Mount Vernon Adult Literacy Center 251 Richardson St.

Ailey Old Rosenwald School N Pine St.

Alston City Hall 5177 GA Hwy 135 Higgston City Hall 310 James St.

Kibbee Fire Station 3800 Thompson Pond Rd.

Tarrytown Fire Station 407 W Fourth St.

Uvalda 830 W Main St.

Wheeler County

Alamo Community Center 16 W. Forest Avenue Glenwood Civic Center 96 NW 3rd St.

Visit your county’s website for polling districts maps.

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