Early voting for presidential primary starts Monday

Feb. 15—Early voting in Georgia's presidential primary starts Monday.

In Whitfield County, voting will take place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, March 8, in the elections office in the courthouse, 205 N. Selvidge St. in Dalton. There will be extended hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. Voting will also take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 2, at the courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Primary Day is Tuesday, March 12.

Voters must provide a valid photo ID whether voting that day or in advance.

Georgia law requires employers to give workers two hours off to vote either during early voting or on Election Day.

Monday is also the last day to register to vote in the presidential primary.

Absentee ballots can be requested through Friday, March 1. Voters do not need an excuse to apply for an absentee ballot. They will need to provide a driver's license number or a photocopy of some other form of ID. An absentee ballot can be requested by email, in person at the elections office or online. To find out how to request an absentee ballot, go to https://georgia.gov/vote-absentee-ballot.

In the Democratic Party primary, three names are on the ballot: incumbent Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota and author Marianne Williamson. Williamson has dropped out of the race.

On the Republican side, 11 names appear on the ballot. But most have withdrawn, leaving this effectively a race between former president Donald Trump and former South Carolina governor and former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Georgia voters will return to the polls on Tuesday, May 21, for primaries for state and local offices as well as the election for nonpartisan offices. The deadline to register for the general primary is Monday, April 22. Early voting starts Monday, April 29, and concludes Friday, May 17. Voters can request an absentee ballot for that election from March 4 to May 10. They must be received no later than Tuesday, May 21.