On July 18 several area counties will have political party primaries, where voters in either the Republican or Democrat parties choose a nominee to be on Georgia's November general election ballot.
Several high-profile primaries are under way - state Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling (with a five-county district) and Reps. Ben Harbin, R-Martinez, and Robin Williams, R-Augusta, face opponents. Even a Columbia County clerk of court race between Sam Washington and Cindi Mason is drawing interest.
For those wishing to participate in next month's primaries, today is the last day to register. Potential voters must register at your county's board of elections office.