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Early voting begins Monday for Super Tuesday

Posted: February 10, 2012 - 1:34pm  |  Updated: February 12, 2012 - 4:31am

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The Super Tuesday presidential preference primary isn’t until March 6, but voters in Georgia can start casting ballots as early as Monday.

In-person early voting in Columbia County for the primary will be held for the next two weeks, at the Board of Elections office at 500 Faircloth Drive in Evans, Building E of the Columbia County Government Center, according to elections officials.

The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, a change in state law this year means voters also will be able to cast ballots for the first time on a Saturday, with the elections office open on Feb. 25, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

On March 6, the day of the Super Tuesday primary, all of the county’s precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can choose either a Democratic ballot and vote for the only candidate listed – incumbent President Barrack Obama – or request a Republican ballot and choose from among nine candidates: Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum.

Bachmann, Huntsman and Perry have withdrawn from the race, but their withdrawals came too late for their removal from the ballot.

In addition to voting, the county’s political parties also are ratcheting up their activities in preparation for their conventions.

Columbia County’s Republican Party will hold precinct mass meetings at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 to elect delegates and alternates for the county’s party convention, set for March 10.

Registration for the precinct meetings, open to any Republican voters living in Columbia County, will be held at 9 a.m. at the county’s government center auditorium in Evans, according to a party announcement.

The party’s county convention also will be held at the Evans auditorium, at 10 a.m. March 10. The 10th and 12th Congressional District conventions will be held April 14, but the locations have not yet been announced. The state convention will be held May 18 in Columbus, Ga., and the national convention will be the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

For information, call Columbia County Republican Party Chairman Brian Slowinski at (706) 631-8529, or email brianslowinski@yahoo.com.

The Democratic Party is holding training sessions for prospective delegates from the 10th District, according to a party announcement.

Sessions will be held Feb. 23 in Bishop, Ga., Feb. 25 in Toccoa, Ga., and Feb. 26 in Lincolnton. Prospective delegates must be at least 17 1/2 years old, a registered voter in District 10 and a Democrat. Three men and two women will be elected as delegates from District 10 on April 21 in Madison, Ga., for the Democratic National Convention scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C.

For information, call Floyd Everett from the Columbia County Democratic Committee at (706) 825-8314, or email floydeverett@bellsouth.net.



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