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Election Day is Nov. 6. The last day to register for the mid-term elections is Oct. 9. So, even if you think you’re already registered, double-check; make sure you’re registered to vote, and that all your personal information is up to date.

Go online to check at You can use this same site to re-register if you have been dropped. Or, contact your local election board. If you aren’t, ask them to reinstate you. Those that have never been registered should use this same website. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 9. 

You may also go online to to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 2, the Friday before voting day. Or you can Early Vote beginning Oct. 15.

Spread the word to friends, relatives and neighbors. As Americans, voting is one of our most important rights.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp lists the following tips for voters:

- Get registered to vote. You can register to vote if you are at least 17 ½ years of age when you register and you will also be 18 years of age by the time you can vote. Now, you can submit an electronic voter registration application using your Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number using Online Voter Registration (OLVR) or the free “GA SOS” mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Individuals can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to register to vote by the Oct. 9 deadline.

- Check your voter registration information online. Updating voter registration information is critical for people who have, for example, recently moved or changed their name. By Oct. 9, voters should verify their voting information and, if necessary, update their record. The “My Voter Page” is a great resource to check your voter status and view individualized voting information to prepare for November. Voters can update their registration through OLVR (Georgia driver’s license or state identification card required) or through submitting an updated voter registration application to their county registrar.  

- Add important dates to your calendar. Several important dates are fast approaching for Georgians who want to vote in the General Election on Nov. 6. The deadline to register to vote or update your voting information is Oct. 9. Advance in-person voting begins on Oct. 15. Georgia law also requires the polls to be open on Saturday, Oct. 27 in all 159 counties for Georgians to vote in the November contests. Election Day is Nov. 6.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information, visit 

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