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Monday, November 7, 2022   

The last-minute push for voter education is even more urgent in Georgia today.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State's website, more than 1.7 million voters cast ballots in early voting - which leaves over five million registered voters to make their voices heard.

Alice Bennett - associate state director for advocacy with AARP Georgia - said she hopes they consider the concerns of people age 50-plus, and in 2018 that group was the largest voting bloc - making up almost 59% of the electorate.

"Your vote is your voice," said Bennett. "Very simple. The issues - and we all know what the issues are, from inflation to the economy - whatever it is that's most important to you, your voice is your vote. Please get out and vote."

A recent national survey by AARP found that two-thirds of women voters age 50 and older are concerned about the economy and reported cutting down on nonessential purchases. Four in ten said they've had to take money out of their savings - and nine in ten said they plan to vote.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot has already passed. And Bennett added that time is running short to get your mail-in ballot to your county election office by 7 p.m. tomorrow, November 8, which means it should probably be dropped off in person.

"Now, they have to make sure those ballots are back with their Election Board by Election Day," said Bennett. "When they're returning those ballots, they need to know that they have to put either their ID number, the last four digits of their 'Social' [Security number], or some number that's been identified or appointed to them by the state."

She added that the drop boxes for collecting the absentee ballots must be located inside county election offices, and are under constant surveillance. And the individual has to take an oath that the ballot they're dropping off belongs to them.

AARP Georgia has posted election information on its website, 'aarp.org/GAvotes.'




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