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Early voting has started in Dawson County, here’s what you need to know before heading to the polls

After months of delays due to COVID-19, advance voting has begun in Dawson County for the June 9 General Primary, Nonpartisan General Election and Presidential Preference Primary elections.

Advance voting will last for three weeks at Dawson County Board of Elections Office, two other voting precincts will open on Tuesday, June 9 for the General Primary.  

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Dawson County residents can vote at these locations: 

Dawson County Board of Elections Office (96 Academy Ave.)

- May 18 to June 5 - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

- May 30 - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

- June 9 - Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

West Precinct (2142 Hubbard Road)

- June 9 - Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

East Precinct (145 Liberty Church Road)

- June 9 - Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

To find your voting location or to view a sample ballot you may visit the Georgia Secretary of State's My Voter Page.

When voting in-person, poll workers will follow local and state health guidelines to limit the threat of COVID-19 and voters will be asked to maintain a safe distance during the process.

Those who have received an absentee ballot, but wish instead to vote in person can bring their ballot to the polling place, have it canceled and vote in person, according to a county press release.  

A photo ID is needed to vote.

All staff and poll workers will wear face shields and voters are encouraged to wear their own face mask when voting in person. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be available at the polling place, the release said. 

Styluses have been issued for the voting units and units will be sanitized after each use, the release states. 

“We plan to only allow a minimum in the foyer and voting room and seven of those are poll workers, so people will potentially have a longer wait than normal,” the release states.