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Advance voting to begin

As advance voting gears up to begin July 9 for the July 31 general primary election, Georgia is being sued by U.S. Department of Justice over the Aug. 21 runoff election. Early voting for the July 31 election will be held July 9-27 at the Lamar County board of elections and registration office from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mandated Saturday voting will be July 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voters may view their sample ballot, print absentee ballot applications and print voter registration applications by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at For information about voting status or to request an absentee ballot contact the Lamar registrar’s office at 770-358-5235. Voter registration for the general primary closed July 2. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Georgia and its chief election official for allegedly not giving enough time to military service members, their families and citizens living overseas to return absentee ballots for the Aug. 21 federal primary runoff election. The Justice Department said in a news release last Wednesday that the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. It said Georgia’s procedures are “inadequate to ensure that its eligible military and overseas voters can participate fully” in the runoff, should one be necessary.

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