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Voter registration deadline nears

COVINGTON -- Time is running out for those who want to vote in the municipal election but are not registered.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11. City residents can register between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Board of Elections and Registration Office in the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St.

"If they reside in the city and are already registered they do not have to register again. They can visit the state website at www.sos.state.ga.us and click on My Voter Page to find out if they are already registered," said Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison.

To register, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and the city and county in which you wish to vote, and at least 17 to register and 18 to vote. Those serving any sentence due to the conviction of a felony or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent may not register.

Georgia does not register by political party. Citizens who change address must re-register 30 days prior to the election in order to vote. Voter registration applications can be downloaded from the Secretary of State's website at http://sos.georgia.gov but must be postmarked 30 days prior to the election. Applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 1274, Covington, GA 30015. For more information, contact the Board of Elections at 770-784-2055.

The municipal election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 8. Newborn is the only municipality that does not have any contested races.

Registered voters in the city of Covington as of Sept. 1 totaled 6,337. Oxford registered voters totaled 907; Porterdale 741; Newborn 342; and Mansfield 200.