VOT­ING

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des­ig­nated precincts. They in­stead have the op­tion to vote early at ei­ther the Ring­gold precinct on Evitt Street next to Ca­toosa County Fire and Res­cue, or at the West­side precinct at West Side Ele­men­tary School

In ad­di­tion to Thurs­day’s (Oct. 25) clos­ing num­bers, Moore added that 194 res­i­dents had cast bal­lots at the two precincts as of 11:30 a.m. Fri­day morn­ing, Oct. 26.

That num­ber brought the over­all to­tal to 7,488 of the county’s 40,225 ac­tive vot­ers (an 18.6 per­cent turnout so far).

Af­ter the big week one num­bers, Moore said the turnout num­bers were en­cour­ag­ing and rem­i­nis­cent of the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

She said Fri­day morn­ing (Oct. 26) that the num­bers could grow this week (the third week) of early vot­ing.

“The third week is usu­ally al­ways the busiest, so it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if it goes that way this year con­sid­er­ing how busy we were the first week of early vot­ing,” Moore said.

The three-week win­dow for early vot­ing closes Fri­day, Nov. 2.

Polls are open Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch clo­sures from noon to 1 p.m.

Also, early vot­ing will be avail­able Thurs­day, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

From A1

Again, on Elec­tion Day, Nov. 6, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Although res­i­dents can vote at Ring­gold or West­side dur­ing early vot­ing, they’ll need to go to their des­ig­nated precinct on Elec­tion Day.

There are no lo­cal con­tested races to be de­cided on the bal­lot, but vot­ers still have plenty to con­sider this elec­tion sea­son as they vote for gover­nor, lieu­tenant gover­nor, at­tor­ney gen­eral, sec­re­tary of state, and other of­fices.

What to bring to the polls

Vot­ers are re­quired to present an ac­cept­able ID at the poll. This may be a valid state or fed­eral govern­ment is­sued photo ID, in­clud­ing a free ID Card is­sued by your county reg­is­trar’s of­fice or the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Driver Ser­vices (DDS); a Ge­or­gia driver’s li­cense, even if ex­pired; a valid em­ployee photo ID from any branch, depart­ment, agency, or en­tity of the U.S. Govern­ment, Ge­or­gia, or any county, mu­nic­i­pal­ity, board, au­thor­ity or other en­tity of this state; a valid U.S. pass­port ID; a valid U.S. mil­i­tary photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

“A lot of peo­ple think they need to bring their precinct card to vote, they don’t…they just need their govern­ment is­sued ID,” Moore said.

/ Adam Cook

The Free­dom Cen­ter, Ring­gold’s vot­ing precinct on Evitt Street, is one of the two lo­ca­tions where res­i­dents can cast early bal­lots. The West­side precinct on Lake­view Drive is the other lo­ca­tion.

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