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What you to need to know as early voting begins
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The upcoming Nov. 6 midterm election is fast-approaching, but eligible voters can get a head-start as early voting begins Monday.

Democrats have branded this midterm as an opportunity for a #BlueWave to flip Republican control of Congress. Republicans, once wary of a seemingly less-than-enthusiastic base, have expressed renewed optimism after the contentious confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In Georgia, the spotlight has been on the gubernatorial showdown between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, a race that’s received attention for its thematic similarities to the national political discourse since President Donald Trump’s election.

But there are also compelling races for lieutenant governor, which features Forsyth County resident and Republican nominee Geoff Duncan against Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico, and the representative for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District between Republican incumbent Rob Woodall and Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, among other statewide races.

Here’s what you need to know to cast your ballot:

When can I vote?

Early voting will be offered weekdays from Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 and Saturdays on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.

Where can I vote?

Early voting is available at the new Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 1201 Sawnee Drive weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays (Oct. 20 and Oct. 27) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early voting is also available at the Hampton Park Library, the Midway Park Community Building and the Sharon Springs Park Community Building on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 29, Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What should I bring?

For all in-person voting, voters should remember to bring one of six acceptable forms of photo identification, which include:

● Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID,

● A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired,

● Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of Georgia,

● Valid U.S. passport ID,

● Valid U.S. military photo ID,

● Valid tribal photo ID.

For more information

Go to Voter Registration and Elections Department page of the Forsyth County website at www.forsythco.com, call 770-781-2118, Ext. 9 or visit the My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.