It’s all about the midterms
♦ The 2018 campaign season concludes Tuesday, results can be found at Polkstandardjournal. com
Midterm elections are here, and the vote is just getting underway for some of our readers, while others will get the paper and will likely know the outcome of local and statewide races.
Coverage of how Polk County voted will be available starting Tuesday night (Nov. 6) online, and additional follow-up coverage will begin showing up on Polkstandardjournal.com sometime today.
All this comes as the Board of Elections reported that they expected the early vote tallies to top more than 7,000 in-person votes and several hundred paper ballots to add on top of that as deadline approached on Nov. 2 and the three-week period before the Nov. 6 vote came to a close.
Several positions are up for vote this year, with local contested races including the District 2 County race between incumbent and current Commission Chair Jennifer Hulsey and challenger Ricky Clark. Voters are also deciding in a three-way race between Jerilyn Purdy, Ray Carter and Larry Reynolds on who will fill the remaining time for a District 3 seat.
Polk County’s ballot also includes the proposed extension of the one-penny Special Purpose, Local Option Sales Tax to be renewed in 2020 for $32 million in projects.
Additionally, statewide contested races include a decision on a new governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, School Superintendent, Agriculture Commissioner, Insurance Commissioner and many more. Along with a number of state seats,
See a sample ballot online on Tuesday morning for more on who is on the ballot in 2018.
Uncontested races include
four school board seats that feature only single candidates and feature incumbents Tommy Sanders and Bernard Morgan, along with newcomers Vicki Mayes and Britt Madden Jr., along with soon-to-be new County Commissioner Gary Martin to represent the District 1 area.
Also uncontested on the ballot are State Rep. Trey Kelley and State Sen. Bill Heath in state races on the local level.
For those subscribers who get the paper on Tuesday morning, Polk’s seven precincts on Election Day remain open for a 12-hour window from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Results will begin publishing online as soon as they are available for Polk County and the state level once voting has concluded and information is processed by election officials.
The Board of Elections can help voters determine where they should go to vote and those needing assistance can call 770749-2103 for more information. Voters can only go to the precinct assigned on Election Day, and can’t cast a ballot at the Elections office.
Registered voters can also check out the Secretary of State’s website to find out where they should cast a ballot.
Polling places are located at Pine Bower Baptist Church at 100 Pine Bower Road in Cedartown; Aragon’s Community Center across from Aragon First Baptist Church – parking available in the church parking lot; The Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Complex, 605 Lynton Drive, Cedartown; Victory Baptist Church, 15 Hendrix Road, Cedartown; Cedar Creek Christian Center at 1890 Rome Highway, Cedartown; The Rockmart Community Center, 436 Hogue Ave. Rockmart; and Young’s Grove Baptist Church, 2255 Antioch Road, Cedartown.