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Posted: September 19, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Early voting for General Elections begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Newton County Administration Building, 1113 Usher St. in Covington.

Registered voters with a valid photo ID may vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday until Oct. 29.

The deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot is Oct. 29. Those ballots must be received by the county election’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Sample ballots, proposed constitutional amendments and statewide referendum questions can be viewed at sos.georgia.gov/MVP/login.aspx.

Oct. 4 is the last day that residents can register to vote and be able to cast a vote in the General Election.

Three local races have yet to be decided this year, including the District 2 Board of Commissioners race between Democrat Lanier Sims and Republican Rickie Corley, the District 3 Board of Education race between Democrat Shakila Henderson-Baker and Republican Kevin Wade, and the District 5 Board of Education race between Democrat Sharon Sawyer and Republican Abigail Morgan-Coggin. None of the races feature an incumbent candidate.

In state and federal races on local ballots, Democrat Pam Dickerson is facing Republican Rodney Upton for the State Representative 95 seat, which covers part of the northwest portion of Newton County. Democrat Rudy Cox and Republican Andrew Welch are running for the State Representative 110 seat, which covers the southwest portion of Newton County. The State Senate 17 race has Democrat Jim Nichols facing Republican Rick Jeffares.

For information on these local and state candidates visit covnews.com and click on the "Election" tab.

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