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Advance voting in Georgia is happening now. Here’s what you need to know

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Sarah Kallis and GPB News Staff, GPB News

Outside the Cobb County Government Services Building at lunchtime Monday, a handful of voters trickled out after casting their ballots in Georgia’s presidential preference primary.

Of those who spoke to GPB, Kimberly Brown and her husband Vince said they vote early in Cobb County every year. This year, Kimberly said, they both are voting for President Joe Biden. She believes that he will make the U.S. a more inclusive place and strengthen the economy.

If I look at the options and I look at the past reality of what we’ve [been] provided, I’ll definitely be voting for Biden. And not just for him, but for representation of inclusiveness, accountability and integrity, and then also listening,” she said.

Lisa Hatcher told GPB she is voting for Nikki Haley for her stances on “border control, education and health spending.”

Other voters in Cobb said they are also prioritizing education, spending, border policy and women’s rights at the polls.

In Georgia’s presidential preference primary, voters may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary but not both. Here is a sample ballot for the Republican presidential primary and a sample ballot for the Democratic presidential primary.

During early voting, polls are typically open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Exact hours may vary.

Find available early voting locations by visiting the Secretary of State’s website and selecting your county of residence from the list. 

Early voting will continue in Georgia until March 8. There is no voting March 9 to March 11. On election day for the presidential primary, March 12, voters must go to their assigned local polling location, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Keep these rules in mind:

Please note: Georgia’s general primary (separate from the March 12 presidential preference primary) is scheduled for May 21, 2024. The general election will be held Election Day, Nov. 5, 2024.

This story comes to Cobb News through a reporting partnership with GPB News, a non-profit newsroom covering the state of Georgia.