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ATLANTA – Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians that Tuesday, April 24, 2018 is the last day to register to vote or update their voter information for the May 22, 2018 General Primary and Nonpartisan Election.

“As Georgia’s Chief Elections Official, I want to ensure every Georgian has the opportunity to register to vote and allow their voice to be heard,” stated Secretary Kemp. “The right to vote for our public officials should never be taken for granted. In the Peach State, it is easy to vote and hard to cheat, and I strongly encourage all eligible voters to take part in these important contests.”

Georgia citizens can submit an electronic voter registration application with their Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number using Online Voter Registration (OLVR) or the free “GA SOS” mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Individuals can also mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to get registered to vote in Georgia or update their address.

All voter registration applications must be submitted or postmarked on or before Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to be processed for this May’s elections. Advance in-person voting will begin on Monday, April 30, 2018. The polls will also be open on Saturday, May 12, 2018. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Any run-off elections will be held on July 24, 2018. The voter registration deadline for any federal run-offs is June 25, 2018. For all other run-offs, the voter registration deadline is April 24, 2018.

Qualified candidate information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, go to

Blue Ridge Student to Attend Marine Academy

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was pleased to share good news with another student from Fannin County who has been admitted to one of the United States military academies. Makenzie Ralston of Blue Ridge will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as part of the class of 2022.

“Makenzie’s determination and talent have been on display throughout her academic career, and I look forward to seeing her further hone those skills in New York,” said Collins.

The daughter of Mr. Scott and Ms. Claudia Ralston, Makenzie attends the Marion Military Institute and is the captain of its tennis team. She will follow in the footsteps of her sister, Summer, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017

Introducing the Georgia LibertyCast

Atlanta, GA – The Libertarian Party of Georgia (LPofGA) is proud to announce the kickoff of a brand new podcast, the Georgia LibertyCast! The podcast will feature topics focused on local issues, the 2018 Libertarian candidates, and activity within the party! We’re hoping it’s a beneficial way to draw in new activists and show what libertarians are really all about.

The first episode aired on April 2, 2018 and featured host, Brent Hilburn, LPofGA Executive Committee member, Ted Metz, LPofGA Chair and Gubernatorial candidate, and Tim Smith, LPofGA Public Policy Director and Executive Committee member. The topic of discussion was how each of the members discovered their path to libertarianism. The second episode aired on April 11, 2018 and was a review certain bills put before the 2018 Georgia legislative session. Host Brent Hilburn discusses the details and ramifications of each proposal with LP Georgia Vice Chair Ryan Graham and LP Georgia Public Policy Director Tim Smith. The Georgia LibertyCast can be accessed via the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s website at: