The deadline to register to vote in the general election has passed, and next week marks the beginning of advance voting for Georgians.
Advance voting officially begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 15, and runs until Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.
There are two advance voting locations in Liberty County, one at the Liberty County Voters Registration Office, 100 Main St., Suite 1600, Hinesville; and Liberty County Community Complex, 9397 E. Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway.
Candidates are running for several powerful positions in Georgia. Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams will face off against Republican Brian Kemp for Governor, and Democrat Sarah Amico is running against Republican Geoff Duncan for Lieutenant Governor, according to votesmart.org.
Current U.S. Representative Buddy Carter serves as Georgia’s District 1 seat. His opponent, Democrat Lisa Ring, will challenge him for the seat on Nov. 6.
The race to replace Kemp as Secretary of State is currently between Democrat John Barrow, Republican Brad Raffensperger and Libertarian Smythe DuVal.
The race for Attorney General is between Charlie Bailey and Chris Carr; and the race for State School Superintendent is between Otha E. Thornton, Jr., and current superintendent Richard Woods.
According to CBS, ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to the polls on Nov. 6. The button will appear in the app to allow users to locate their polling location and book a ride to go vote, CBS said.
All such rides will be free, funded by Uber, Lyft and the non-profit groups #VoteTogether and Democracy Works, the CBS website said.
Locally, the NAACP branch is offering Liberty County residents who need transportation free rides to the polls, NAACP President Graylan Quaterman said. The NAACP can be reached at 912-408-2278.
For more information concerning the upcoming early voting period, visit the Voter Registration and Elections page at libertycountyga.com, or call 912-876-3310.