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Secretary of State reminds voters to bring photo ID to advance voting
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ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel reminds all voters participating in the upcoming general primary election run-off that in-person advance voting began Monday and ends Friday, Aug. 1. Voters who did not participate in the July 15 general primary or selected a non-partisan ballot will be able to vote in either the Democratic or Republican party's General Primary run-off. Voters who selected a Democratic or Republican party ballot in the general primary can only vote in the same party's primary run-off.
Voters participating in the election during advance voting week or on election day will be required to show one of the following six forms of photo ID:
• A Georgia driver's license, even if expired
• Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card issued by your county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services
• Valid U.S. passport
• Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state
• Valid U.S. military photo ID
• Valid tribal photo ID
 If a voter does not have one of these forms of photo identification, they can obtain a free voter ID card at their county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
Anyone with additional questions about Georgia's photo ID requirement can visit or call toll free 877-725-9797. To find advance voting locations in your county, please contact your county registrar's office. Contact information can be found on the 2008 Election Center website:
Voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Aug. 1. All absentee ballots must be received by the county registrar by Tuesday, Aug. 5. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Voters can find voter registration information, including polling locations and legislative districts, by visiting or by calling 888-265-1115.  
A special primary election also will be held Aug. 5 for state Senate District 13. The special primary will be held in Ben Hill, Crisp, Irwin, Lee, Tift, Turner and Worth counties, and a portion of Wilcox County. Because the special primary is in lieu of the general Republican primary for state Senate District 13, voters will only be able to participate in the special primary if they choose a Republican or nonpartisan ballot in the July 15 general primary or if they did not vote in the primary at all.

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