Advance voting starts Feb. 13

Advance voting starts Feb. 13

February 9th, 2012 by Mike O'Neal in Local Regional News

Georgia's presidential primary in-person advance voting begins Monday, Feb. 13 at 8 a.m.

Registered voters wishing to cast their ballot before the March 6 primary can do so at Catoosa Hall, across from the Catoosa County Courthouse, in downtown Ringgold.

"Friday, March 2, is the last day for advance voting," said election official Tonya Moore.

She said voting can be done between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays with two exceptions.

"There will be Saturday voting and extended hours on one weekday," she said.

Ballots can be cast at Catoosa Hall on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and voting hours will be extended until 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has said voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday, March 2, but all absentee ballots must be returned to the respective county election office by the time polls close on Election Day.

The only exceptions are for absentee ballots cast by overseas and military voters. Those must be postmarked on or before March 6, but will be accepted until the end of the business day on March 9.

Voters are not required to provide a reason when requesting an absentee ballot or when choosing to vote early.

"There is no advance voting on the Monday before Election Day," Moore said. "Either vote before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2, or vote in person on Tuesday the sixth."

While it is too late to register to vote in the presidential primary, July 2 is the registration deadline for individuals wanting to vote in the general primary that will be held July 31.