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Early voting begins Thursday

Early voting begins Thursday

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Early voting for Paulding County's Jan. 8 special election begins this Thursday.

Voters can cast their ballots in advance Jan. 3-5 at the Paulding Election Office.

The Jan. 8 election will allow voters to choose the Georgia Senate District 30 representative. Republican Mike Dugan and Libertarian James Camp are vying for the senate seat.

The county will hold another special election Mar. 19 to decide on Sunday alcohol sales.

Michael Dugan (R) Announces Bid for State Senate District 30

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Carrollton resident Michael Dugan (R) today announced he is running for the open Senate seat in Georgia District 30.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Government offices closed June 1 due to furloughs

Government offices closed June 1 due to furloughs

Due to recent budget restrictions, the Paulding County Board of Commissioners will furlough county employees and close government offices on June 1.

All public safety services will operate as normal.

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Early voting available now for city elections

Early voting available now for city elections

 

The municipalities of Kennesaw, Powder Springs and Smyrna will hold elections Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting is open now through Nov. 4. Any voter in any of the three cities may vote in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the main Elections Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Advanced voting will also be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the following locations:

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.