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Early voting gets under way
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Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election began Monday and will end Oct. 29. Registered voters can cast early ballots from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Liberty County Voter Registration Office at 204 W. Memorial Drive, next to the Hinesville Public Library.
Liberty County voters can also vote in advance from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Midway City Hall, on Highway 84 in an old elementary school.
Voters will choose the next Georgia governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and various state commissioners, as well a U.S. senator and congressional representative.
The Republican candidate running in the gubernatorial race is Nathan Deal of Gainesville. His Democratic opponent is former governor Roy Barnes.
John Monds of Cairo is the Libertarian candidate for governor. There are also two write-in candidates: David Byrne of Kennesaw and Neal Horsley of Carrolton, according to the Georgia Secretary of State website.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the incumbent, faces challengers Carol Porter, a Democrat, and Dan Barber, a Libertarian.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face Democrat Georganna Sinkfield and Libertarian David Chastain.
Republican Sam Olens, Democrat Ken Hodges and Libertarian Don Smart are running for attorney general.
In the race for state school superintendent, are Republican John Barge, Democrat Joe Martin and Libertarian Kira Griffiths Willis.
Georgia’s state commissioners of insurance, agriculture and labor also will be decided on Nov. 2.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, elected to the Senate in 2004, will face a number of challengers.  
Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mike Thurmond, a Democrat, and Libertarian Chuck Donovan are vying for the seat Isakson currently holds. In addition, there are several write-in candidates: Raymond Beckworth of Ellabell, Steve Davis of Alpharetta and Brian Russell Brown of Augusta.
U.S. Rep. (Georgia’s 1st Congressional District) Jack Kingston was first elected to Congress in 1992. He is facing Democrat Oscar Harris, a retired farmer, in the general election.
There are six accepted forms of voter ID. Voters should bring a Georgia driver’s license, a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, a valid employee photo ID from any local, state or federal government, a valid U.S. passport, a valid U.S. military photo ID or a valid tribal photo ID.
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