COVINGTON -- Early voting is under way for Georgia's March 6 Presidential Preference Primary.
Residents can cast their ballots across the hall from the Board of Elections office, located in the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Early voting runs until Friday, March 2. The office will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, Presidents' Day, for a mandatory unpaid county holiday. However, Saturday voting will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 25.
About 100 people have participated in early voting so far, according to Anita Denny, administrative technician with the Board of Elections. Turnout is hard to predict, she said.
"So many people have said what are we voting on; what is this about?" she said. "As word gets out, we'll probably get more toward the end."
Voters are also attempting to register in order to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary, although the registration deadline was Feb. 6, she said.
Voters can still register for the General Primary and General Election. The registration deadline for the primary is July 2 and Oct. 8 for the General Election.
Voters can also request an absentee ballot by calling the Board of Elections at 770-784-2055.
"You have to call in and request an application. A lot of people don't know that we don't automatically send those out even if you've voted absentee before," she said, adding that voters no longer have to give a reason as to why they are voting absentee.
In the 2008 Presidential Primary, 45.71 percent of Newton's eligible voters turned out, according to documents on file with the Secretary of State. Voters can visit www.sos.state.ga.us to confirm their registration, find a sample ballot and the correct voting location. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.