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April 24 is the last day to register to vote

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Early voting for the state primary elections begins April 30 and Tuesday marks the last day to register to vote. 

Those who are still not registered have a few more hours to meet the deadline for the election that will be held May 22.

"Since Secretary Kemp first took office in 2010 they were roughly 5.7 million voters. Just a few months ago the last time I checked it was right at 6.5 million voters so there has been hundreds of thousand of people getting registered to vote, " said Candice Broce, Georgia Secretary of State 

But despite the increase in registered voters Jeffery Benoit with the National Action Network says traditionally only a fraction of those people will turn out to vote on election day.

"We think if it's not a presidential election then it's not really that important for me but everything is local, your local mayor your local city Council all of these issues affect you at home," said Benoit.

Benoit says many of the issues included on primary elections ballots can have immediate impacts on the community and for that reason alone people should get out to vote.

"Local elections and the primary elections are in my view are more important then a general elections because it affects you here at home At your ZIP Code," said Benoit.

So how do you get registered to cast a ballot?  The answer is simple. Fill out the voter registration form and drop it off or mail it to your local voter registration office. For the upcoming election on May 22 the form must be posted mark by April 24.

You can also register on line by going to the Georgia Secretary of States website. Broce says with a few simple click and answering basic questions the process can be completed in minutes.

"If you register online which is really the easiest way you can get registered in Georgia you can get your submissions in by midnight and you're good to go," said Broce.

To complete the online registrants you will need your driver's license or state ID as well as your date of birth and address. And make sure you get a confirmation. 

For those wanting to check their voter statue, click here.

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