Tuesday is election day in Coweta
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Tuesday is election day, and polling places will be open in Newnan, Grantville, Senoia, Moreland, Sharpsburg and Palmetto for municipal elections.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early voting concluded Friday. There were 190 early votes cast at the Coweta Voter Registration Office, and 73 paper ballots had been mailed out. Though it's not a large number of early votes by any means, those votes are certainly enough to sway city elections, which tend to be very close, especially in the smaller cities and towns.
Coweta County Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins said workers will start counting the absentee ballots at 7 p.m., but those numbers may not be run until all the other numbers are in. She expects the counting to go quickly.
Scoggins wanted to remind candidates and anyone who might be campaigning for them that any form of campaigning — including signs — is prohibited within 150 feet of a polling place. That distance is measured from any edge of a building in which a polling place is located. So in the case of a large building, such as Newnan City Hall or the Glanton Municipal Complex, the prohibited distance can be significantly farther than 150 feet from the room where voting is held.
Newnan voters will vote at the Newnan City Hall on LaGrange Street. All voters within the Newnan city limits vote at city hall during municipal elections, even if they vote in another location during general elections. Voters in District 1 will choose a new city council member. The candidates are Scott Cosby and Dustin Koritko.
Residents who live in Newnan District 2 or 3 can vote, but they won't have any candidates to choose from. In District 2, Councilmen Ray Dubose and Rhodes Shell are unopposed. So is Mayor Keith Brady.
Voters can come out and vote to show their support for those candidates, or can write in a name. Write-in votes are counted, but "we don't say who they are for," said Scoggins. There are no certified write-in candidates for any of the local races.
Senoia voters go to the East Coweta Senior Center on Howard Road. Voters have three candidates for mayor: Suzanne Helfman, Larry Owens and Don Rehman. Jeff Fisher and Chuck Eichorst are unopposed for seats on the council.
Grantville voters vote at the Glanton Municipal Complex. There are two city council races on the ballot. Selma Coty is being challenged by Dave Riley; and Rochelle Jabaley has five challengers: Dee Berry, Sandra Luttrell, Leonard Gomez, Marion Cieslik and Billy Tucker.
Grantville's council elections are by plurality, which means whoever gets the most votes in the six-person race will win the council seat. The only way there would be a runoff is if there is an actual tie.
Moreland voters will vote at the Moreland Mill. Mayor Josh Evans is being challenged by Dick Ford.
Sharpsburg voters vote at Sharpsburg’s A&O Bridges Recreation Center, in the same building as town hall. Councilman Keith Rhodes is being challenged by Polly Garlington.
In Palmetto, voters will pick seats on the city council and will decide whether to allow package sales of alcohol in stores on Sundays.
Palmetto City Council incumbents Laura Mullis, Lucinda Rockemore and Gregory Rusch are being challenged by Michael Arnold and Franklin Smith. Voters will pick three candidates and the seats go to the top three vote getters.
Palmetto voting is at city hall on Toombs Street.