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Voter Registration Deadline Looms For Ga. Special Elections

Mar 20, 2017

Monday is the deadline for Georgians to register to vote in the April 18 special election.

The biggest race of that day is the contest for the 6th District Congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, now the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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While turnout in special elections as a rule isn't especially strong, this could be an exception.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see a significant jump in what you would normally see for a special election,” said Dr. Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. 

The race for the 6th Congressional District seat, which includes parts of Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties, has drawn a lot of attention, mostly because it is the first national race, in terms of the U.S. Congress, since Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

“It’s an early test to see whether Republicans can weather the storm that seems, you know, to surround Donald Trump. Can they get Republicans to show up at the polls or can Democrats do something in this sort of anti-Trump climate,” said Swint.

Voters have until midnight Tuesday to register to vote on the Georgia Secretary of State's website, or a printed registration form has to be postmarked by midnight.