Jackson County voters will take their first step next Tuesday in the selection of the next president of the United States. Polls will be open on March 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and early voting continues this week in the 2012 presidential preference primaries.
Only one candidate, incumbent President Barack Obama, will be on the Democratic ballot, rendering that election moot. The Republican ballot will have nine candidates.
The focus in Georgia will be on the three frontrunners — current delegate leader and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich and former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Early voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at three locations, including the Commerce Recreation Department, 204 Carson Street, Commerce; the Jackson County Administrative Building, 67 Athens Street, Jefferson; and the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Hwy. 53, Braselton.
As of Monday morning, 421 people had voted in person in advance, and 65 had returned absentee ballots. Jackson County has 33,301 registered voters.
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