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Deadlines approach in upcoming elections

By Diane Glidewell

dglidewell@myjpa.com

To be able to vote in the July primaries, voters not already registered will have to do so by June 21, according to Butts County elections officials.

Butts County Election Superintendent Avery Smith said registration will end at 5 p.m., on June 21, for those wishing to vote July 20.

A voter may now apply for an absentee ballot for the primaries, either by mail or by telephone. Persons who are age 75 or older or who are disabled will only need to apply for an absentee ballot once to receive ballots for other elections during 2010.

Early voting is slated for June 7 through July 16. No voting may take place on Monday, July 19, before the July 20 election date. Early voting is available at the Butts County Administration Building Elections Office at 625 West Third Street, Suite 5, in Jackson.

If a voter has moved or changed his or her address in any way since the last election, the voter must complete a change of address card.

All voters must show photo identification to register and to cast a ballot.

Local elections include the race for District 3 county commissioner, in which Mitch McEwen (incumbent) and Mike Patterson have qualified as Republicans and Nancy Samuel has qualified as a Democrat, and the race for District 4 county commissioner in which Keith Douglas (incumbent) has qualified as a Democrat and is unopposed.

Qualifying for non-partisan races, including positions on the Butts County School Board for Districts 1, 2, and 5, will take place June 28 through July 2.

Numerous state races will be on the Butts County Republican and Democratic primary ballots, but which races are on individual ballots will differ somewhat according to district lines. State races which will be included on Butts County ballots include U.S. Senator, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, commissioner of Agriculture, commissioner of Insurance, commissioner of Labor, Public Service Commission, U.S. House District 8, State Senate District 25, and State House District 126.

Logic and Accuracy (L & A) testing for the primary ballots will begin at 1 p.m., on Thursday, May 27 at the Butts County Administration Building Elections Office and will continue until completed. This activity is open to the public.

For additional information, contact the Butts County Board of Elections at (770) 775-8202.