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macon.com Midday Update: Georgia begins early voting; UPS won't give annual peak shipping day projection; Ga.'s 'Click It or Ticket' campaign under way

Early voting is under way in most counties in Georgia.

Voters will cast ballots beginning Monday in the runoff for the U.S. Senate race between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

They also will decide runoff elections including the Georgia State Appeals Court race and the Public Service Commission's District 4.

The runoff is set for Dec. 2.

In Fulton County, early voting begins Tuesday.

Both Chambliss and Martin are looking for new ways to coax weary Georgia voters back to the polls next month in one of the nation's most hotly contested Senate races.

Associated Press

UPS won't give annual peak shipping day projection

Weak October retail sales and the uncertainty of the upcoming holiday season amid the worst financial crisis to hit the U.S. in decades has prompted shipping giant UPS Inc. to decide not to release a projection for the amount of packages it expects to deliver on its busiest day of the year.

It's the first year since the world's largest shipping carrier went public in 1999 that it won't be making a projection for its peak shipping day, spokesman Norman Black said. The company had been scheduled to discuss its peak projection on Tuesday during an online news conference, but that has been canceled, Black said.

The Atlanta-based company also will not project how many seasonal employees it will hire this year to help it through the holiday shipping season that runs from Thanksgiving until Christmas, Black said.

Last year, UPS delivered more than 22 million packages on its peak shipping day, which was Dec. 19, and it hired about 60,000 seasonal employees.

UPS has roughly 425,000 employees worldwide, 358,000 of whom are in the U.S.

"The holiday peak normally is the one time of year when consumer and business-to-consumer shipping surges," Black said. "But this year, early indicators - such as the just-reported 2.8 percent drop in October retail sales - are making any projection difficult. So while it is a bit unusual for UPS not to make peak projections, these are unusual times for the U.S. economy."

Associated Press

Ga.'s 'Click It or Ticket' campaign under way

Law enforcement officers across Georgia are going to be paying closer attention to make sure motorists are wearing their seat belts.

Their message to motorists is buckle up or pay up as officers kick off the "Click It or Ticket" campaign Monday.

The goal of click it or ticket is to increase seat belt usage.

The campaign runs through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Associated Press

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