Good turnout for early vot­ing

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

As of last week more than 3,000 peo­ple had al­ready cast bal­lots in Ca­toosa County since early vot­ing opened Oct. 13 for the up­com­ing Nov. 4 gen­eral elec­tion.

“We’ve had a big first week and a half here,” said elec­tions of­fi­cial Tonya Moore last week. “It’s been great, and we still have over a week to go.”

That num­ber in­cludes cit­i­zens who have cast bal­lots in per­son as well as ab­sen­tee bal­lots that have been re­ceived through the mail.

The county has about 32,000 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers.

Early vot­ing will con­tinue through Fri­day, Oct. 31.

“Right now, early bal­lots can be cast at both our Ring­gold (Ca­toosa Hall) and West­side precincts,” Moore ex­plained.

Vot­ers will how­ever have to vote at their as­signed precinct on Tues­day, Nov. 4.

The re­main­der of the early vot­ing hours will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 31.

There are only two lo­cal con­tested races: Ca­toosa County pro­bate judge and a spe­cial elec­tion for a Ca­toosa County school board post.

“There are also two county com­mis­sion seats, but they are run­ning un­op­posed,” Moore said. “They (those races) were de­cided dur­ing the pri­mary elec­tion be­cause there wasn’t a Demo­cratic can­di­date.”

More in­for­ma­tion about early vot­ing, precinct in­for­ma­tion, and bal­lots can be found at the elec­tions of­fice web­site at­toosa. com/depts/elec­tions/ in­dex.html.

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