General primary early voting to begin April 28

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Early voting for the May 20 nonpartisan election and partisan primary starts Monday.

Three seats on the Coweta County Board of Education will be decided in the nonpartisan election. Voters will also determine the Republican and Democratic nominees for several state races. And, voters in the Republican and Democratic primaries will get to express their opinions on several issues through ballot questions.

Early voting is held at the Coweta County Voter Registration Office, located in the Coweta County Administration Building at 22 East Broad St. in downtown Newnan. Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and ends May 16.

All registered voters are eligible for in-person early voting. You’ll need to present a government issued photo ID to vote.

Voters are also eligible to vote absentee by mail with paper ballots. You can mail or fax in an absentee ballot application to the Coweta County Voter Registration Office. You can get an application at the voter registration office, or download one from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, .

But you don’t actually need a preprinted application, said Chief Registrar Joan Hamilton. Instead, you can just write “request for absentee ballot” on a sheet of paper and include your name, address, date of birth, mailing address and signature.

Absentee ballot applications should be mailed to Coweta County Voter Registration, 22 East Broad St., Newnan, GA 30263 or faxed to 770-683-2800.

Though absentee ballots can be mailed out as late as the Friday before an election, waiting that long is not a good idea. Hamilton recommends that people submit their requests by the week of May 5, at the latest.

On the board of education, incumbents Amy Dees, Graylin Ward and Harry Mullins are all facing challengers. Dees, who represents District 1 in southeastern Coweta, is being challenged by Monica Terrell. Ward, who represents District 4 in northeastern Coweta, is being challenged by Linda Menk. Mullins, who represents District 3 in northwestern and north central Coweta, is being challenged by Jan Horne.

There are several primary challenges for state races, but the only local primary challenge is for U.S. Congress District 3, currently held by Lynn Westmoreland. Westmoreland is being challenged in the Republican primary by Chip Flanegan.

You can view your custom sample ballot, polling place location, and state district information on the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page, at .

For questions about early voting or to check your registration status, you can call the Coweta County Voter Registration Office at 770-254-2615.

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