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How to prepare for today's election

It's a day to make history, no matter who wins.

Be part of it.

Polls in Columbus today will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Poll workers say voting crowds typically thin in mid-morning, about 10, and mid-afternoon, about 2, but this may not be a typical Election Day.

Across the Chattahoochee River in Russell County, polls will open and close an hour later, at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST. Any voter who is waiting in line when the polls close will be allowed to vote.

Georgia voters must remember to bring a photo ID, the acceptable forms of which are a Georgia driver's license, a valid state or federal government ID, an ID issued byany county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state, a valid U.S. passport, a valid U.S. military ID or a valid tribal photo ID.

If voters get to a poll near the 7 p.m. deadline and discover they forgot or misplaced their identification, they may want to file a provisional ballot. They then have two days to provide their identification to election workers. The county elections board decides on Friday which provisional ballots are counted.

It is illegal to wear campaign buttons, T-shirts or other gear in the polls. No campaigning is allowed within 150 feet of the outer wall of a building housing a voting precinct. Using video or other recording equipment also is illegal in a Georgia poll, and voters are asked to turn off their cell phones while voting.

About 38,000 Muscogee voters already have cast ballots, but with a 90 percent turnout expected today, about 65,000 may be headed to Columbus' 48 voting precincts, so leave yourself time to wait in line.

For more election information, visit www.ledgerenquirer.com/elections.

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