Registered voters will be asked the narrow the field of candidates for both the GOP ticket and the Democratic nominations.
Locally, they will be asked to either approve or deny the school board an educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax option.
The BOE is seeking to extend the current Special Local Option Sales Tax for schools for another five years, which will raise an estimated $35 million to build two new elementary schools and for improvements to other schools.
Advance voting begins Monday at 9 a.m. and ends Friday at 5 p.m. The Polk County Administration Building in Cedartown and the Rockmart City Hall will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for advance voting.
For the Feb. 5 election, voters are not required to declare a party, but they must choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot.
Georgia ballots are offering a choice of nine Republicans or eight Democrats, although some of the candidates have since dropped out of the race.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were in. John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson were out.
On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul remained in the race. Rudy Guiliani, Alan Keyes, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson had dropped out.
Registered voters can request an absentee ballot for this election through Friday, Feb. 1. The county registrar must receive all absentee ballots by 7 p.m. by Feb. 5. Photo identification is not required when voting by mail.
A downloadable absentee ballot application is available from the Secretary of States Web site at:
An application is also available at the Polk County Board of Registrars Office, located at 144 West Avenue, Cedartown.
State law allows registered voters to cast absentee ballots by mail without providing a reason or showing identification. Those who come in person, however, must do both.
Although the deadline to register for the February election was Monday, Jan. 7, it is not too late to register for the General Primary Special Election on July 15. Registration deadline for that event is June 16.
You must register by August 18 to vote in the General
Primary on November 4.
In Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of this state and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years old by Election Day.
You can download and complete a voter registration application by visiting the Secretary of States website at www.sos.georgia.gov/elections.
Applications also are available at libraries, city halls, drivers license offices and various other facilities providing public assistance.
Georgia law requires registered voters to show photo identification when voting in person.
This photo identification requirement applies in the February 5 Presidential Preference Primary and all future elections.
Voters casting ballots in person, either through early voting or on Election Day, will be required to show one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID when they vote:
A Georgia drivers license, even if expired;
Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by the county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS);
Valid U.S. passport;
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. military photo ID; or
Valid tribal photo ID.
Voters who do not have a form of identification listed above are eligible to receive a free Georgia Voter ID from the county elections office.