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Thousands of Fulton residents vote early

Thousands of Fulton residents vote early

ATLANTA -- More than 100,000 Fulton County residents have already cast their votes for the Nov. 6 election.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 117,130 people have voted early at the county's six advance voting locations, according to unofficial data from the county's Department of Registration & Elections.

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So far, the South Fulton Annex in College Park has received the most early voters, with 27,182 people queuing up to make their voices heard. That location also recorded the longest wait times in the county, with some people standing in line for up to two hours to vote.

The Fulton County Government Center on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta has both the shortest wait time -- at 11 a.m., voters could walk right up to the polls -- and the fewest total number of voters, at 13,073.

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Carter Center

Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian will speak about Thomas Jefferson at the Carter Center in November.

Jon Meacham is the author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. In his book, he presents Jefferson as a multilayered man who was both a politician and a philosopher.

According to a release from A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Meacham's appearance:

While Jefferson was passionate about many things -- women, family, books, science, Paris -- he loved America the most, and sought to form the country he envisioned: the creation, survival and success of the popular government in America. Drawing on archives in the United States, England and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

City of Atlanta hosts 1st Bicycle Expo!

ATLANTA -- Bicycle commuters often look at me sideways for not riding my bicycle to work because I live closeby.  And I must confess, I'd save a lot of money, time and get some exercise to boot if I rode my new 10-speed to work.  During the month of October, the city of Atlanta is hosting its first Cycle Expo at City Hall in the atrium.

Make plans to join the Department of Planning and Community Development, Office of Sustainability and several of our transportation partners for a fun and informative event.

The city of Atlanta has seen a significant increase in the number of bicycle commuters and is committed to adding new bike lanes and routes where feasible.

Over the next three years, the city of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle facilities

These projects include:

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

ATLANTA -- Joseph Crespino, a historian at Emory University and author of Strom Thurmond's America, will give a lecture at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Crespino will discuss Thurmond's rise to power and how his actions in the 1950s and 1960s led to the current rise of the Southern Republican movement.

According to a release from A Capella Books, which will sponsor Crespino's appearance:

The Obama Effect's Atlanta Premiere

Watch an interview with star Vanessa Bell Calloway as she stopped by the Get Connected studio in Atlanta to discuss her new movie The Obama Effect!

Carter Center to send election witnesses to Egypt

Carter Center to send election witnesses to Egypt

ATLANTA -- The Carter Center has been accredited by Egyptian authorities to send international election witnesses for that country's presidential election.

The Carter Center says it received approval from Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission to deploy 22 witnesses from 14 countries. The presidential election is set for May 23 and 24.

They will be joined by a larger delegation of 80 witnesses from over 35 nations who will travel to Egypt several days before the election, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

The delegates will witness the activities of the election administration, election campaigning, voting, counting and tabulation processes, and other issues related to the overall electoral process. They also plan to meet with election officials, political party and civil society representatives, members of the international community, and others.