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Early voting begins in Georgia

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AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF)- Monday is the first day of early, in-person voting, in Georgia. Big races include the seat for governor and who will control the Senate.

All eyes are on Georgia this election cycle as voters will decide whether Governor Brian Kemp and Senator Raphael Warnock will keep their seats.

Gubernatorial candidate, Democrat Stacy Abrams is campaigning hard against Governor Kemp. And Republican Hershel Walker is attempting to unseat Senator Warnock.

In Georgia there are two Constitutional Amendments and two statewide referendums that voters will have their say in.

Election officials say it is very important to read over those and make sure you understand them before you go to the polls.

“And I strongly encourage people at anytime to get a sample ballot before going to the polls. Give yourself an opportunity to look over those questions. Kind of make your decisions before you get there so you’re not surprised when you get into the booth and you see this long question and you’re not quite sure what they’re asking for,” said Travis Doss, Director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Doss explained that poll workers are not allowed to explain anything on the ballot.

“The sad thing is, poll workers can’t really help you once you get to the polls, because their opinion of the question may not be the exact meaning of the question. Or their opinion could influence your decisions. So, a lot of times people will ask poll workers to please explain this question and unfortunately they’re directed to say ‘I’m sorry. You’re just going to have to read over it and make your own decision,’” he said.

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You can find explainers of those questions on your Board of Elections website.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.

Early voting in Georgia will be from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Nov. 4.

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