Tuesday is election day; polls open countywide

 By Sarah Fay Campbell sarah@newnan.com

Election day is Tuesday, and three seats on the Coweta County Board of Education will be determined in the nonpartisan election.

Voters will also make primary choices for state and federal races in the Republican and Democratic primaries. Voters who choose Republican or Democratic ballots will also get to express their opinions on a variety of issues through ballot questions.

Polls will be open countywide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To vote, bring a state or federally-issued photo ID. If you forget your ID, you can still vote, but you must vote a provisional ballot. If you vote provisionally you must present a valid photo ID within 48 hours for your vote to count.

There are two polling place changes for this election. The Grantville precinct has moved from the Glanton Municipal Complex to the Grantville Branch Library.

The Ebenezer Church Road polling place has moved from the fire station to the Central Library, just a few hundred yards behind the fire station.

Both new locations offer more parking and a larger space, said Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins. The changes “should be great for voters,” Scoggins said.

Voters can choose a Republican, Democrat, or nonpartisan ballot. The nonpartisan races are on all three ballots, but the Republican and Democratic primary races are only on the party ballots. If you choose a Republican ballot for the primary, you can’t switch to Democrat for the runoff, and vice-versa. Because there are a large number of candidates for state races, a runoff is almost assured.

The school board seats up for election are District 1, District 3, and District 4.

District 1 is in eastern Coweta. It includes the Central Library, Turin, Haralson, Sharpsburg and Senoia precincts, and a few voters in the Arts Center precinct.

Incumbent Amy Dees is being challenged by Monica Terrell for District 1.

District 4 is northeastern Coweta, and includes the Thomas Crossroads, Canongate, White Oak and Fischer Road precincts and some voters in the Arts Center precinct.

Incumbent Graylin Ward is being challenged by Linda Menk for District 4.

District 3 is in northwestern Coweta and includes the Cedar Creek, Panther Creek, Powell Center, Greentop, Madras and Northside precincts, and some voters in the Jefferson Parkway precinct.

Incumbent Harry Mullins is being challenged by Jan Horne for District 3.

The only other local race in the election is the Republican primary for U.S. Congress District 3, which includes Coweta. Incumbent Lynn Westmoreland, a Coweta resident, is being challenged by Chip Flanegan of Jonesboro.

Other races in the Republican primary include governor, U.S. Senate, state school superintendent and public service commission.

Democratic primary races are for U.S. Senate and state school superintendent.

Early voting wrapped up Friday and, as of mid-day Friday, 1,376 Cowetans had cast electronic ballots.

Scoggins said Friday that everything was ready to go for Tuesday. Though turnout isn’t expected to be high, “we have prepared for a big election,” Scoggins said.

Because the ballots are so long, with so many races and the ballot questions, it might take individual voters longer to cast their ballots than in a typical election. The longer ballots also mean it will take longer for poll workers to run all their numbers after polls close, meaning it could take longer for voting cards to arrive at the elections office in downtown Newnan and be tabulated.

If you’re voting on a paper absentee ballot, the ballots must be in the Coweta Voter Registration Office, at 22 East Broad Street, Newnan, by 7 p.m. Overseas ballots only have to be postmarked by May 20, but other ones must be in the office. You can mail in your ballot or bring it in. A close family member can bring in ballots for voters who are elderly or disabled.

For more information about the election, contact Scoggins at 678-854-0015 or the voter registration office at 770-254-2615.



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