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Voters reminded to bring photo ID to advance voting
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ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel reminds voters participating in the upcoming presidential preference primary that advance voting will begin Monday and end Friday. Voters participating in the election in-person will be required to show photo ID.

Statewide, voters will be asked to choose a Republican or Democratic ballot when voting in the presidential preference primary. Voters will be required to show one of the following six forms of photo ID when voting in-person during advance voting or on Election Day:

• A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired;

• Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card issued by the Effingham County registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);

• Valid U.S. passport;

• Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;

• Valid U.S. military photo ID; or

• Valid tribal photo ID.

If a voter does not have one of these forms of photo identification, they can obtain a free Voter ID card at the Effingham County registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

Anyone with additional questions about Georgia’s photo ID requirements can visit or call toll free (877) 725-9797.

To find advance voting locations in Effingham, contact the registrar’s office at 306 N. Ash St., Springfield, 754-2115.

Local contact information can be found at the following Web site:

Voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday. All absentee ballots must be received by the county registrar on Election Day, Feb. 5. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail.

To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit