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POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:14pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:29pm

East Texans wanting to make their voices heard in the May 11 elections have one week left to register to vote.

Anyone who has not applied to be a registered voter by April 11 will not be able to vote in the general election.

Gilmer, Kilgore, Lakeport, Overton and Hallsville residents will decide on contested mayoral and council races, while Longview residents will decide if beer and wine should be sold citywide and whether there should be more stringent requirements to run for city office.

City elections without a mayoral race traditionally have a lower turnout than those that do, and no challengers emerged for incumbent councilmen Richard Manley, District 5, or Sidney Allen, District 6, said city spokesman Shawn Hara.

Longview voters will decide whether to allow beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption in North and West Longview.

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