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Early voting begins for Georgia presidential primary

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Election season is in full swing in the Valley. Those wantingto vote early can head out to polls at the Government Center and also at theColumbus Public Library.

Georgia's primary is only three weeks away on Super Tuesday March6 with Alabama only a week later on March 13.

Unfortunately, it is too late to register to vote in the Georgiaprimary but in Alabama, you have until Friday March 2 to register.

In addition, absentee ballots are due, either in the mail or inperson to your county elections board, at any time up to the days of theelections.

The polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm in the Eastern and Centraltime zones. These are "open primaries" in both states, so youcan vote for your top candidate from either party - but not both parties --whether you're a registered republican or democrat.

Voting manager at the Columbus Public Library Lydia Jackson sayseveryone should vote whenever possible, "and they're all important, all theelections are important. And you should always be up to exercise your rights tovote."

The polls opened in Georgia on Monday to a slow start. Director ofelections and voter registration Nancy Boren says this time 4 years ago, thingslooked a lot different,

"We have had a very low turnout for this 2012 presidentialpreference primary. In 2008 by the same time period, we had already voted 10thousand people. As of yesterday, 768 people so you can see the turnout is verylow."

Early voter Bruce Zimmerman says he thinks people are starting togive up, "I think maybe a lot of them maybe just have just given up hopethat anything is going to happen."

Voting in the primaries is very important. This primary is yourchance to decide who you think should represent the Republican Party and go upagainst President Obama in November.

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