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Election HQ: Early voting begins in Georgia

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SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV)- In case you haven’t noticed, it’s an election year.

This is the American experiment happening in real time, which can be both exciting and frustrating. Although the presidential election is still months away, the primary election is in progress and early voting is underway in Georgia and South Carolina.

Some like to avoid lines by voting early, some prefer to mail a ballot in, while others enjoy the feeling of voting on election day.

Whether you prefer to vote early, by mail, or in-person, there is a lot you need to know about when and where to vote. Here are the basics about early voting in Georgia:

  1. Early voting begins today through March 8th.

2. March 1st is the deadline for presidential primary absentee ballot requests.

3. March 12th is presidential primary election day

4. March 15th is the deadline for provisional voters to correct missing documents, address missing signatures or incorrect I-d information on their ballots.

5. November 5 is the date for the nationwide general presidential election.

Although early voting in Georgia begins on February 19th, this is also President’s Day so many federal buildings are closed. Here is a list of county websites so you can check your polling location for hours of operation:

Appling County

Bacon County

Bryan County

Bulloch County

Candler County

Chatham County

Effingham County

Evans County

Jeff Davis County

Liberty County

Long County

McIntosh County

Montgomery County

Tatnall County

Toombs County

Wayne County

Remember, Georgia employers are now required to give employees two hours of leave to vote early, or on election day.

Early voting continues through Thursday in South Carolina, including Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.

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