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The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections will hold voter education sessions Wed., Oct., 12, Fri., Oct. 14, and Mon., Oct. 17. The sessions will provide information on the state's new voter ID law, which requires that voters present a photo ID at the polls and has been criticized for disenfranchising minority and low-income voters. The session also will explain how to register to vote, how to fill out an absentee or advance ballot, how to become a poll worker and how to use Georgia's electronic voting machines.

All three sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. On Oct. 12, meet at the Fulton County Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. On Oct. 14, meet at the North Fulton Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road. On Oct. 17, meet at the South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park. Call 404-730-7042 or e-mail rhonda.robinson@co.fulton.ga.us for more info.

· Atlanta Urban Design Commission The UDC works to protect buildings and areas of Atlanta that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6200. www.atlantaga.gov.

· Buckhead Young Republicans Buckhead Young Republicans is open to members between the ages of 18 and 40, but visitors of all ages are welcome. Second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant, 3365 Piedmont Road. 770-265-5268. www.buckheadyr.org.

· Cabbagetown Neighbors The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association holds monthly meetings to discuss improvements to the community and neighborhood events, as well as provide a forum for any issues concerning local residents. Second Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m. Cabbagetown Community Center, 177 Estoria St. 404-526-9900.

· Council Candidate Forum Two candidates running for City Council in District 6 will be at a forum hosted by the Midtown Neighbors' Association. Candidates Anne Fauver and Steve Brodie will answer questions from the audience. Neighborhoods in District 6 include Candler Park. Thurs., Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Grady High School auditorium, 929 Charles Allen Drive. www.midtownatlanta.org.

· DeKalb Commissioners Come in person or watch the live broadcast of the DeKalb County commissioners meeting on Channel 23, which is replayed throughout the week. Second Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m.; fourth Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. 404-371-2082. www.co.dekalb.ga.us.

· East Atlanta Community Help shape the future of East Atlanta Village. Attend the East Atlanta Community Association meeting to learn more. Second Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Branan Towers, 1200 Glenwood Ave. www.eaca.net.

· Jump on the Train Tired of driving? Ready to just relax and read a book as you travel the state? Then you should meet the Georgia Association of Railroad Passengers. In the world according to GARP, trains would play a much larger role in ferrying us to and fro. Join them to help make it happen. Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. 404-373-7530. www.trainweb.org/garp.

· Neighborhood Planning Unit The city's Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and Atlanta City Council. Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary. To find out which NPU you belong to and when it meets, visit www.atlantaga.gov. 404-330-6899.

· One of Edgewood ONE is the neighborhood organization for Edgewood. Discussions include neighborhood issues, zoning matters, visits from city officials, and reports from the Atlanta Police Department. Second Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Whitefoord Elementary School cafeteria, 35 Whitefoord Ave. 404-522-0556.

· Sierra Club Meeting The Sierra Club has its monthly meetings the second Tuesday of every month. Topics cover a large range of environmental issues that concern metro Atlanta and the state. Members and visitors are all welcome to attend. Wed., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Javaology, 466 Edgewood Ave. 404-223-3202. www.georgia.sierraclub.org/atlanta.

· South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development SAND is comprised of Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Benteen Park, Woodland Hills and McDonough Guice. Residents are encouraged to attend SAND meetings and voice their concerns. First Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, 1071 Delaware Ave. www.sandatlanta.org.

· Young Dems of Atlanta The Young Democrats of Atlanta meet monthly to socialize, talk politics, and figure out ways to get young people involved in campaigns. First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447. www.fultonyoungdems.org.

· CL events:

· Political Party Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St.

· Air Loaf Listen to CL's writers and critics discuss what's going on around town on Air America's "Air Loaf." Tune in to 1690 AM weekdays at 7 a.m., noon, 5 and 9 p.m.

· Want to publicize a political or civic event? E-mail publicagenda@creativeloafing.com.

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