Presidential preference primary set

COVINGTON - Newton County residents will join voters across the state in casting ballots in the presidential preference primary election on Feb. 5.

Known as Super Duper Tuesday, the date on which the largest number of state primary elections or caucuses are held during the U.S. presidential election cycle typically occurs in March, but the General Assembly passed legislation last session to bump up the date.

Twenty-four states are scheduled to hold primaries or caucuses on Feb. 5.

The voter registration deadline for the primary is Monday. To register, visit the Board of Elections Office in the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St., Suite 103.

Absentee voting is under way now and may be done in person at the Board of Elections Office or by mail.

"If you come in prior to the advanced voting week, you need to have a particular reason to vote by absentee ballot. If you request a ballot by mail, you do not have to provide a reason," said Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison.

Advanced voting takes place the week before the election, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.

No voting will take place the Monday prior to the election.

Two additional precincts have formed in Newton County: the Hub Precinct is located at Maranatha Community Service at 20 Old Social Circle Road and the Crowell Precinct is at the Potter's House at 1120 Crowell Road.

Also, the Stansells Precinct has relocated from the fire station on Salem Road to Believer's Fellowship Assembly of God at 1855 Christian Circle S.E.

Based on turnout for the 2004 presidential preference primary, Morrison predicted that about 20 percent of the county's 45,911 active registered voters will participate in the primary.

At the polls, voters will be required to present one of six forms of photo ID, such as a valid Georgia driver's license, a current passport, a military or government-issued ID.

For questions related to the presidential primary, call the Board of Elections at 770-784-2055.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.