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Register to vote by April 21

COVINGTON – With a little more than a month left until the 2014 primary election on May 20, citizens will need to register by Monday, April 21 in order to cast a vote.

Voter applications can be filled out at the Newton County Board of Elections office, located at 1113 Usher St. in Covington, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In order to register to vote citizens must:

• Be a United States citizen.

• Be a legal resident of a Georgia county.

• Be at least 17 ½ years old.

• Be 18 years old before or on Election Day.

Citizens can also register at the Newton County Library when applying for a library card; or pick up a blank application and mail it to the Newton County Board of Elections office. Applications can also be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s website and mailed to the Newton County office at P.O. Box 1274, Covington, GA 30015.

“Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the May 20 Primary Election,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.”

Georgians with a valid Georgia drivers license can go online and register or use the “My Voter Page” (MVP) app, which also allows Georgians to register to vote.

Voters can view their specific sample ballot, find their polling locations, check voter registration status and track the status of an absentee ballot. All of the information is available on mobile devices on Apple and Android platforms. To find the app search for “GA Votes” in the app store.

Kemp recently launched the new systems at a combined meeting of the Georgia Election Officials Association/Voter Registrars Association of Georgia in Augusta with election leaders from across the state. It is believed that Georgia is the first state in the nation to offer both online registration as well as an innovative mobile application that enables voter registration like “MVP.”