Atlanta Falcons to help promote election season

Even the new face of the Atlanta Falcons will need to bring a photo ID to the polls this November.

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel recruited quarterback Matt Ryan and other stars of the gridiron for help getting out the word about the election law as well as voter registration deadlines and early voting.

The partnership with the Falcons includes public service announcements recorded by players and Handel to air during game broadcasts.

In addition to Ryan, the players include Thomas Brown, Erik Coleman, Brian Finneran and Jason Elam, a Brookwood grad who is the team's kicker.

"I want to thank the entire Atlanta Falcons organization for the positive work they do in Georgia's communities," Handel said. "I'm excited to team up with the Falcons to remind Georgia voters about early voting options, voter registration and our photo ID requirement for in person voting."

In addition to the radio public-service announcements, which are available at the Secretary of State's Web site http://sos.georgia.gov/atlantafalcons.htm, information will be posted on the end zone to end zone LED banners at the Georgia Dome during home games.

"Each season, the Atlanta Falcons strive to be among the most active community citizens in the National Football League," said Jim Smith, Atlanta Falcons vice president of marketing. "This partnership opens new doors for our organization, and represents another valuable way we can leverage our resources to reach communities across Georgia."

The radio PSAs will run through Nov. 2. The Georgia Dome LED banners will run during each Falcons home game through Oct. 12.

Chambliss airs commercials

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has launched the first commercials of his re-election campaign.

The spots will be aired statewide during both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

In them, Chambliss and his wife, Julianne, talk about values and family. Both commercials can also be viewed on YouTube and at www.saxby.org.

Chambliss will face Democratic challenger Jim Martin in November.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.