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Early voting underway here

Early voting in the Nov. 6 general election got underway Monday and runs through Friday, Nov. 2. Ballots may be cast and absentee ballots requested at the elections board office at the county annex building on Thomaston Street in Barnesville. Early voters can cast ballots from Monday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Nov. 2 daily from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be open on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a convenience to those who cannot get there on weekdays. At presstime Monday, elections supervisor Anita Reid and her staff had served 78 early voters and mailed out 314 absentee ballots of which 120 had been returned. The premiere race on the ballot is that for Georgia governor which pits current secretary of state Brian Kemp, a Republican, against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Libertarian Ted Metz is also on the ballot. This tight race is one of the most watched gubernatorial elections in the country. The race for Lt. Governor has Republican Geoff Duncan facing off against Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico. Battling for Kemp’s current job as secretary of state are Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, Democrat John Barrow and Libertarian Smythe Duval. Current state attorney general Chris Carr is battling Democratic challenger Charlie Bailey. Incumbent agriculture commissioner Gary Black, also a Republican, faces a challenge from Democrat Fred Swann. Those seeking the office of insurance commissioner are Republican Jim Beck, Democrat Janice Laws and Libertarian Donnie Foster. Incumbent Republican Richard Woods will attempt to hold off Democrat Otha E. Thornton Jr. in the race for state school superintendent. In the race for insurance commissioner, Republican Mark Butler is challenged by Democrat Richard Keatley. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, a Republican, is battling Democrat Chuck Enderlin in the 3rd District congressional race. In the District 16 race for state senate, Republican incumbent Marty Harbin is being challenged by Democrat Bill Lightle. There are also multiple proposed amendments to the state constitution on the ballot, they are summarized in a story on page 4D of this edition.

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