Early voting begins for Georgia primary | News
ATLANTA (AP) - Early voting begins Monday for Georgia's state primary.
All top statewide officials are up for re-election this year, and voters will be weighing who they would like to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Georgia's 14 congressmen are also running for re-election, and every seat in the Georgia General Assembly will be on the ballot.
The U.S. Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans seek to take control of the chamber away from Democrats. Seven Republicans and four Democrats are running for the Georgia seat, which opened when Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced plans to retire.
Early voting runs through May 16. For places and hours, check with your local board of elections.
In Bibb County, there will be early voting on Saturday, May 10.
Bibb County will vote on two school board seats, two seats on the Macon Water Authority and a civil-magistrate judge's job.
In Houston County, people are voting on two school board seats and the clerk of state court's post.
The ballot also includes Democratic and Republican races to pick nominees for Chambliss's U.S. Senate seat, Georgia governor and other statewide offices.
Two Republicans are running to challenge U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Columbus in the 2nd Congressional District, and five more want to run against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, in the 12th Congressional District.
Another group of six Republicans are running in the primary to run for the 10th Congressional District seat being vacated by Paul Broun. The winner faces Democrat Ken Dious in November.
Nine Central Georgia seats in the General Assembly are also up for May primaries.
All those partisan races will be decided in November.
Voters in some counties will face special questions. Democrats statewide will vote on four non-binding questions, on Georgia's minimum wage, Medicaid expansion, ethics reform and amending the state Constitution to make education the state's top budget primary.
Other counties feature SPLOST questions, such as a proposed Jones County SPLOST that would raise up to $12 million for new buildings, water and sewer improvements, police and fire vehicles and more.