ALBANY, Ga. -- Those who want to have a say in who will challenge President Barack Obama for the White House in November can cast votes beginning today, elections officials say.
Early voting for the Georgia Presidential Preference Primary begins at 8:30 a.m. today, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said.
Voting will continue on through March 2 and will include the state's first-ever Saturday voting on Feb. 25, she said.
All early voting in Dougherty County will take place 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. downtown at the Government Center at 222 Pine Ave. On Feb. 25, Nickerson said, her office will open up a second voting location at the Candy Room at 125 Pine Ave., located next to the Flint RiverQuarium.
"We'll utilize the Candy Room that day, and will be using our expanded office for all of the rest of the early voting," Nickerson said.
And while Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum remain the only viable candidates in contention for the GOP nomination for president, voters in Georgia will be able to choose from a field of nine candidates, Nickerson said.
"Even though they may have said publicly they're dropping out of the race, they don't come off the ballot until they notify the secretary of state," Nickerson said.
On the ballot for the March 6 Georgia Presidential Primary will be front-runner Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer and Michelle Bachman.
All of the precincts in Dougherty County will open on the March 6 primary day for voters to cast ballots at their normal polling precincts. No voting will be conducted March 5.
On Tuesday, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp officially placed President Barack Obama on the ballot for the November General Election. That followed a decision by an Atlanta administrative law judge last week that rejected an assertion by "birthers" that Obama legally couldn't be included on the ballot because he wasn't a natural-born American citizen.
Obama, who has no Democratic opposition in his run for a second four-year term of office, was born in Hawaii, according to that state's birth records.