Published Saturday, October 06, 2012
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Election season is in full swing, and the deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential and general election is Tuesday.
The first of two local candidate forums will also be held Tuesday.
The Coweta County Voter Registration Office will be open today from 9 a.m. to noon for people who need to register to vote. The office will also be open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The office is located at 22 East Broad St. in the Coweta County Administration Building. Bring your government-issued photo ID to register to vote. Those who registered by mail for their first time ever registering to vote in Georgia must mail a copy of their photo ID or show it at the polls.
You can register to vote by mail with forms that are available at local libraries and various other locations, as well as online at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office at sos.georgia.gov/elections . Forms are pre-printed with the correct address and must be postmarked by Tuesday.
If you haven’t voted in a while, it is possible you may no longer be registered to vote and need to register again. However, there are a few rumors and misinformation circulating about voter purges, according to elections officials. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your registration is still valid, you can contact the Coweta Voter Registration Office at 770-254-2615. Or, if you have Internet access, check out the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at www.sos.georgia.gov/MVP . On the My Voter Page, you can verify your registration, get your district and polling place information, and view your custom sample ballot.
In addition to the presidential election, there are two local elections on the Nov. 6 ballot, two elections for the Georgia Public Service Commission, and two amendments to the state constitution.
Absentee voting has already begun, and in-person early voting starts on Oct. 15.
A candidate forum for the Georgia House of Representatives District 132 seat will be held Tuesday at Grantville City Hall. The forum is hosted by the Coweta and Meriwether county branches of the NAACP.
The candidates are incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl Von Epps of LaGrange and Republican challenger Gene King of Meriwether County. The forum begins at 6 p.m. District 132 covers portions of Coweta, Meriwether and Troup counties. The district includes Coweta’s Central, Pine Road, Smokey Road, and Grantville precincts.
Citizens are encouraged to bring questions or issues of concern to the forum. Questions you would like to have asked of the candidates can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum Monday, Oct. 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. The first forum will be between the candidates for the Fifth District seat on the Coweta County Board of Commissioners: Incumbent Democrat Al Smith and Republican Challenger Hayden Marlowe. The forum for the state House seat will be held immediately following the county commission forum.
The event will be held at the chamber headquarters, at 23 Bullsboro Drive, at the intersection of Bullsboro and Farmer Street.
The constitutional amendments on the ballot are the well-publicized amendment regarding state charter schools, and a lesser known amendment that would allow certain state agencies to enter into multi-year lease or rental agreements.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has recently released summaries of the two constitutional amendments. The summaries were prepared by the state attorney general, secretary of state, and legislative counsel. The summary document also includes the full text of the resolutions creating the amendments. The document can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/ConstitutionalAmendmentsForNovember2012.pdf . You can also go to the main elections page at www.sos.georgia.gov/elections and look under the Nov. 6, 2012, general election bar. You can also obtain the summaries by calling 404-656-2871.