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How to vote in Georgia

If you are registered, have photo ID, and can press a computer screen, you're golden

Nov. 4 is just around the corner, which means another opportunity to exercise your most treasured democratic right nears. But if you're a new Georgia voter, casting the ballot can be just as rewarding as it is nerve-wracking. Before the big day, Creative Loafing answers some of your questions.

Who's running?: Though most eyes will be watching the governor and U.S. Senate seat races, there are several other important elections on the ballot. Check out the candidates running in your area on the secretary of state's My Voter Page, www.mvp.sos.ga.gov. Type in the required information under "MVP Login." On the next page, in the "Voter Information" box, hit "Click here for sample ballots."

Where do I go to vote?: If you're registered to vote, you can also find your voting precinct on the My Voter Page. After logging in, your polling place will pop up on the right-hand side. If you want to beat the lines on Nov. 4, see where you can vote early.

What should I bring to the polls?: Georgia requires photo ID at the polls. That includes: a valid state-issued or federal government-issued photo ID, including the state's free Voter ID card; a Georgia driver's license, even if it's expired; a valid government local, state, or federal employee photo ID; a valid U.S. passport, military photo ID, or valid tribal photo ID.

Whom do I contact if I feel my voting rights are being suppressed?: Electoral fraud is any illegal interference with the outcome of an election, such as purposefully miscounting votes or discouraging voting altogether. If you suspect any unfair activity at the polls, contact the on-site poll manager or call Georgia's Voter Fraud Hotline at 877-725-9797.

What if I'm not registered yet?: Sorry, but you've missed the voting train. The registration deadline for the 2014 general election was Oct. 6. But there's always next election! To make sure you don't miss out in 2015, visit the My Voter Page, click "Register," and follow the directions for accessing an online or paper registration form.



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