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Advance voting starts Monday

Some 2,500 Columbus voters are expected to reach the polls for advance voting this week.

Voters can cast ballots at either the Columbus Public Library or the west wing of the Columbus Government Center this week in advance of the Feb. 5 presidential preference primary. The library is open from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and the Government Center from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Nancy Boren, executive director of the Muscogee County Office of Elections and Registrations.

Voters must show one of six valid forms of photo identification.

Boren expects a 20-percent turnout — 17,600 — once all ballots are counted. That's a little higher than the 2004 turnout, 18.9 percent, or 15,800 votes.

That year also had the Georgia state flag referendum on the ballot.

The presidential preference primary of 2000 drew 27.4 percent of registered Columbus voters.

SIX FORMS OF ID

• Georgia driver's license, even if expired

• Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID

• Valid U.S. passport

• Valid employee photo ID from any branch or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state

• Valid U.S. military photo ID

• Valid tribal photo ID

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