Good turnout for early voting
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 at www.catoosa. com/depts/elections/ index.html.