Voter reg­is­tra­tion end­ing on Oct. 9 ahead of midterms

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Get ready to cast bal­lots as the Novem­ber elec­tion is now only a lit­tle over a month away for lo­cal, state and na­tional can­di­dates.

Any­one who isn’t yet reg­is­tered to vote can still do so be­fore next Tues­day’s (Oct. 9) dead­line to get pa­per­work into Board of Elec­tions of­fice lo­cally at 144 West Ave., Cedar­town, within the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing.

Early vot­ing is set to start on Mon­day, Oct. 15, and con­tinue through Fri­day, Nov. 2 ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm.

Those who need help in get­ting reg­is­tered ahead of this year’s midterms can con­tact the Board of Elec­tions of­fice at 770749-2103 to get pa­per­work and find out reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus if get­ting on­line to sos.ga.gov/myvoter­page isn’t an op­tion.

There’s sev­eral po­si­tions up on the bal­lot lo­cally and statewide for 2018, and many more that are be­ing de­cided with­out a vote at all.

In lo­cal com­mis­sion races, Dis­trict 2 will be de­cided as a race be­tween Com­mis­sion Chair Jen­nifer Hulsey on the Repub­li­can ticket, and long­time can­di­date Ricky Clark, who this year is run­ning on the Demo­cratic ticket.

Hulsey, who is seek­ing her sec­ond term as Com­mis­sioner, faced no chal­lenge in the GOP pri­mary in May. Nor did Clark on the Demo­cratic bal­lot, which is a switch from his pre­vi­ous run as a Repub­li­can.

Ad­di­tion­ally, this year’s vote fea­tures a Dis­trict 3 spe­cial elec­tion to fill in the rest of the time left va­cant by a res­ig­na­tion from the Com­mis­sion and later filled by Hal Floyd.

Floyd chose to run un­op­posed this year for the full four year term in Dis­trict 3 be­ing left open by a re­tir­ing Marshelle Thax­ton, and he runs this Novem­ber with­out a chal­lenger on the bal­lot.

To fill in the last years of the Floyd’s cur­rent seat, vot­ers will have Jeri Purdy, Larry Reynolds and Ray Carter to choose from in Novem­ber.

Ad­di­tion­ally, statewide races for Gover­nor, Lieu­tenant Gover­nor and more are up for grabs this year as well. See this story on­line for a sam­ple bal­lot of who vot­ers will be choos­ing this year, or check the Oct. 10 edi­tion for more.

Lo­cal and statewide can­di­dates who are seek­ing seats on the bal­lot this year are be­ing given a chance to speak to vot­ers in Polk County be­fore the Novem­ber elec­tion.

The Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Can­di­date Fo­rum for the fall race is com­ing on Tues­day, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Polk County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing room at the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment, lo­cated at 73 Cline In­gram Jack­son Road, Cedar­town.

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