It’s all about the midterms

♦ The 2018 cam­paign sea­son con­cludes Tues­day, re­sults can be found at Polk­stan­dard­jour­nal. com

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff re­ports

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.

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