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Nov. 4 election – What you need to know

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Nov. 4 election – What you need to know

Photo by Dena Mellick
Photo by Dena Mellick

Photo by Dena Mellick

The Nov. 4 election is two weeks away and there’s a flood of data out there on our state and local races. Here’s a quick summary of what’s going on in each race and some useful links to help you make your decision on Nov. 4.

Polls show Deal leading Carter in governor’s race and Nunn leading Perdue in senate race

Poll Tracker reports that incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal holds a 2 point lead over challenger and Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter. The third candidate in the race is Libertarian Andrew Hunt.

Poll Tracker keeps tabs on various polls and provides an average to show how the polls are trending in each race.

The most recent poll, produced by Georgia Pundit, shows the race is essentially a tie, with 44.2 percent of respondents favoring Carter and 44.3 percent favoring Deal. Six percent of voters would choose Hunt.

Atlanta TV station 11 Alive published video from the Oct. 7 gubernatorial debate. To see the debate, click here.

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In the race for US Senate, Poll Tracker reports that Democrat Michelle Nunn has a 1.5 point lead over Republican David Perdue. There’s a third candidate in the race, Libertarian  Amanda Swafford

The GA Pundit Poll shows that 45.7 percent of respondents would choose Nunn, and 44.7 percent would vote for Perdue. Six percent of respondents said they would vote for Swafford.

Here are videos from the Oct. 7 senate debate in in Perry, Ga.

The race for state school superintendent has a local interest this year. Democrat Valarie Wilson previously served on the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education. She is running against Republican Richard Woods. A recent Survey USA poll shows voters are split between the two, with 46 percent supporting Wilson and 46 percent supporting Woods.

Local races

The only truly contested local race on the local ballot this year is for state Senate District 42, which leans heavily Democratic and is the district of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter. The candidates are Democrat Elena Parent and Republican Greg Williams.

Parent previously served in the state House of Representatives until she lost her seat due to Republican redistricting. She works as an attorney.

Williams is a mortgage banker and former reporter for the Marietta Daily Journal.

Voter resources

There are a number of resources out there to help you stay up to speed on what’s going on in the 2014 elections.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page should be your first stop. By providing your name, address and birthday, you can generate a sample ballot that will show you all of the choices you will face on election day. To visit that page, click here.

The League of Women Voters has produced an excellent, comprehensive voter guide that provides a wealth of information about the candidates in each race. To check out the voter guide, click here.

Votesmart.org is another handy website that can give you more information about each candidate. To visit that website, click here.

Too busy to vote on Nov. 4? You’re in luck. You can vote early. Early voting will be available through Oct. 31. For a list of times and locations, click here.

When you vote,  you’ll need to bring one of the following forms of identification.

– Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)

– A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired

– 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. passport ID

– Valid U.S. military photo ID

– Valid tribal photo ID

Please vote on Nov. 4.