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Early voting period ends Friday

By Sherri Ellington Advance voting is being held for the July 31 general primary election and a steady crowd has kept the county administration building parking lot busy. Through last week, 401 people had cast advance ballots during two weeks of voting, 127 absentee ballots had been sent out and 76 returned. Early voting will run through July 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 was held July 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On that day, 26 people cast their votes for a grand total of 427 at the close of the business day. In each of Lamar’s four voting districts, voters may choose from Republican, Democrat or nonpartisan ballots. While both party ballots will have their own candidates’ races on them as well as non-partisan contests and the T-SPLOST referendum, nonpartisan ballots will contain only judicial elections and the TSPLOST referendum. Each party ballot will have strawpoll type questions set by state party officials. The Aug. 21 runoff election date will remain the same after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Georgia claiming military servicemen and women were not given enough time to return absentee ballots. The Secretary of State’s office recently announced overseas military members and U.S. citizens overseas will have an extra seven days to return their absentee ballots. Voters may view their sample ballot, print absentee ballot applications and print voter registration applications by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State website at For information about voting status or to request an absentee ballot contact the Lamar registrar’s office at 770-358-5235.

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