Early voting for elections off to slow start
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal elections began Monday, and, so far, things have been slow in Coweta.
There were 11 voters on Wednesday, according to the Coweta County Voter Registrar’s Office. Combined with the 27 who voted Monday and Tuesday, that's a total of 38.
That's a low turnout, but not unusual for municipal elections that don't affect a large number of people, officials said.
Early voting runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the voter registration office, located at 22 East Broad St. in downtown Newnan. Early voting runs through Nov. 1. The office will also be open Saturday hours Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Paper absentee ballots are also available. You can get an absentee ballot application from the voter registration office, or online at www.sos.gov/elections. Or call the voter registration office and officials can tell you what information you need to submit, either by mail or by fax.
Early voters, like all voters, must present a photo ID at the polls to vote. There are a variety of IDs that are acceptable, including a Georgia Driver's License, even if expired, as well as a valid U.S. passport, a valid military or tribal photo ID, a valid work photo ID from any branch of government (such as a school system work photo ID), a state Voter ID card that can be obtained for free from the voter registration office or Georgia Department of Driver Services, or any other valid state or federally-issued photo ID.
There are municipal elections in Senoia, Newnan, Moreland, Sharpsburg, and Grantville. The Newnan election is only for District One, while the other elections are citywide.
There are two candidates for the District One, Post B seat on the Newnan City Council: Dustin Koritko and Scott Cosby. District One covers the eastern part of the city — everything east of Newnan Crossing Boulevard from Bullsboro Drive to Lower Fayetteville Road, and everything east of Interstate 85 south of Lower Fayetteville Road.
Senoia voters have three candidates to replace outgoing Mayor Robert Belisle, who is not seeking reelection. They are Larry Owens, Suzanne Helfman and Donald Rehman.
In Sharpsburg, Polly Garlington is challenging Councilman Keith Rhodes for a council post. In Moreland, Alderman Dick Ford is challenging Mayor Josh Evans for the mayor post.
In Grantville, Councilwoman Selma Coty is being challenged by Dave Riley. Grantville Councilwoman Rochelle Jabaley has five challengers: Dee Berry, Sandra Luttrell, Leonard Gomez, Marion Cieslik and Billy Tucker.
For more information about early voting or absentee voting, or to get a free Voter ID, contact the Coweta Voter Registrar’s Office at 770-254-2615.