Monday is the first day Georgia voters can cast ballots in the presidential election.
While the Muscogee County elections office has already received thousands of absentee ballot applications, Monday is the first chance voters will have to cast their absentee ballot in person. Unlike the last presidential election, absentee voters need no reason to choose their candidates six weeks before the Nov. 4 general election.
"Vote early, so you don't have to wait in line," advised Nancy Boren, executive director of the county's elections and registrations office.
Voters can request absentee ballot applications by mail, online and over the telephone. Once they send in the completed applications, they'll get their absentee ballots.
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Boren already has received 2,500 absentee ballot applications, and she's getting about 50-75 a day. In past elections, her office has gotten around 6,000 absentee ballots total. That number likely will get beaten this November.
Some 14 voting machines will also be set up in Boren's west wing Government Center office for in-person voting. No other site will be available for absentee voting until Oct. 27.
Advance voting for the general election is the week of Oct. 27-31. Four voting sites will be open, and Columbus residents can cast ballots at the one of their choice --- the Columbus Public Library, the Government Center, the Frank D. Chester Recreation Center, and the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development.
Voters must bring one of six valid forms of photo ID in order to cast a ballot in person.