Polk early voting continues
Early voting will wrap up Nov. 3 in Cedartown before Election Day on Nov. 7.
Early voting continues in Polk County as local residents are slowly getting to the polls early to take part in the election for municipal candidates and for the countywide decision on extending the E-SPLOST to 2026.
So far, the Polk County Board of Elections reports that more than 85 voters in total have cast ballots at their office in Cedartown in person. Another 11 have requested absentee ballots, and several of those have come back in as part of the full tally.
Polls officially opened on last week on Oct. 16 for early voting, and continues through Nov. 3.
Voters can come to the Board of Elections office through next week to get into the polls early during regular business hours. The poll is located within the Polk County Administration building at 144 West Ave., Cedartown. They are open during regular business hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The option for Rockmart voters to get in ahead of the Nov. 7 election will start on Oct. 30 and continue through Nov. 3, with the Nathan Dean Community Center on Goodyear Street as the polling station. It will also be open during regular business hours.
No Saturday voting will be held this year, since no national- based positions are on the ballot for 2017.
Voters in Cedar town and Aragon will be selecting new representatives to fill seats for upcoming terms. Cedartown commissioners Matt Foster and Jordan Hubbard are looking to get re-elected to their positions, with Jessica Payton and Patrick McNally also seeking to fill an open seat on the board, or unseat one of the incumbents.
A trio of open seats is available in Aragon, with four candidates on the ballot there as well. Amy Causey, Candace Seiz, Michelle Wilson and Judson Fee are all seeking to fill seats that have been left open by resignations, and one held by incumbent Hunter Spinks who has chosen not to run for a new term.
Two weeks ago, Wilson dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot and thus the election will continue for the coming terms in Aragon, but despite ballots being cast Causey, Seiz and Fee will all take seats in January.
Rockmart’s Board of Education District 6 seat is also contested this year, with local residents seeking to choose from interim school board member Judy Wiggins, who seeks to fill the seat permanently, along with candidates Carolyn Williams and Chris Culver.
Countywide, voters are being asked to decide whether to extend the current E-SPLOST set to expire in 2021 to 2026, allowing for a new phase of construction projects at Cedartown High School and Rockmart High School, along with a number of repairs in school buildings around the county.
Those with questions or need help voting can contact the Board of Elections office at 770749-2103.