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Posted: October 4, 2012 9:06 p.m.

Last day to register to vote Oct. 9

Georgians have only three more days to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Oct. 9 is the registration deadline, and, as of Oct. 1, the county had 56,851 active, registered voters. Another 7,794 voters are inactive, meaning they haven't voted for three years and didn't respond to a confirmation notice; inactive voters can generally vote for two more years before being dropped from the rolls.

Those inactive voters who have not voted for two or more years must register again, along with first-time voters.

Newton County residents can register to vote at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St. in Covington, or they can pick up mail-in forms from the either library branch, the department of motor vehicles or any city hall or they can download forms from the Georgia Secretary of State's website sos.georgia.gov.

Monday is a holiday, Columbus Day, but the board of elections office will still be open.

Newton County has more registered voters than the last presidential election in 2008, when it had 54,475 active, registered voters.

Early voting
A week after the registration deadline ends, early voting for the election begins.

Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from Oct. 15 through Nov. 2 at the board of elections.

In addition, there will be early voting on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the board of elections.

Finally, there will once again be an early voting satellite center open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 2 at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Highway 212 Covington.

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