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Early voting deadline nears
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Advanced voting starts in less than two weeks and anyone wanting to vote in the upcoming election Tuesday, Nov. 5 should register before Oct. 7.

Angela Mantle, assistant director of the Newton County Board of Elections, said the registration deadline for early voting is Monday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Advanced voting starts Oct. 14, when voters can vote Monday through Friday, 8.m. to 5 p.m.

Mantle said people can register to vote at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St., Covington or online at the Secretary of State’s website,

“Anyone who resides within the city limits of Covington, and if they are registered to vote, then they can come here to the administration building to early vote,” Mantle said. “The election is actually Nov. 5 and that polling place, of course, is actually at Covington City Hall.”

Only two contested city council races — one in Covington and one in Mansfield — will be held in Newton County. Newborn, Oxford and Porterdale will have not have contested races.

The two contested races are Covington City Council Post 1 east, between incumbent Chris Smith and Maurice Carter, and Mansfield Post 4, between incumbent Lisa Dunn and Larry Cummins (who is actually also an incumbent, though he currently holds the Post 5 seat). Advanced voting for both contested races ends on Friday, Nov. 1.

There is no voting the Monday before Election Day. Mantle said voters should remember to bring their photo IDs to vote in the elections.

For more information on registering to vote in the city of Covington election, call the Newton County Board of Elections office 770-784-2055; in the city of Mansfield election, call Mansfield City Hall at 770- 786-7235.