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Some Parks Reopen, Early Voting Starts Today

In-person early voting started today across Georgia, and Athens-Clarke County is reopening some parks as well.

Ben Burton, Memorial and Virginia Walker (formerly Trail Creek) parks have partially reopened, and Sandy Creek Park will do so on Tuesday. Click here for information on what activities are allowed and which facilities remain closed at each park. Gatherings are limited to 10 people, and masks are recommended.

In addition to the previously mentioned parks, Dudley Park, Firefly Trail, the Greenway and trails at Sandy Creek Nature Center remain open.

Voters can also cast ballots in person beginning today at the Board of Elections (155 E. Washington St.) from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Early voting runs through June 5 and will expand to include the Athens-Clarke County Library, Miriam Moore Community Center, ACC Extension Office and City Hall the first week in June. Hours vary; click here for more.

Polling places have been equipped with hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies to wipe down touchscreens. Voters in line are required to stand six feet apart in keeping with social distancing guidelines.

Voting by mail is also an option. Click here to request an absentee ballot and find sample ballots and other information.