Sample ballots can help you become familiar with candidates, issues

On July 31, voters in Coweta County and throughout Georgia will go to the polls and cast ballots in the 2012 state Republican and Democratic parties’ primary elections.
Already, election officials are taking requests for absentee ballots and beginning to mail out those ballots. Early voting will begin at the Coweta County Voter Registrar’s Office in the County Administration Building in downtown Newnan on July 9.
And here’s another important election deadline: If you are not already registered to vote in Coweta County, the registration deadline for this election is July 2.
With voting getting close at hand, today we are publishing sample ballots for this election. We hope our readers will look over the ballots and become familiar with the races and issues.
Because of redistricting, some voters may find themselves in different districts. That’s particularly true in some of the state House districts in east and south Coweta. In addition, redistricting caused slight boundary changes in county commission districts.
Earlier this month the Coweta Voter Registrar’s Office mailed new precinct cards to all registered voters. These cards tell voters which district they live in and where they should go to vote on election day.
We encourage voters to take a good look at their new voter registration card, then use the sample ballots to familiarize themselves with the races and the issues on the ballot.
When you go to your polling place, you will have to choose either a Republican Party, Democratic Party or non-partisan ballot.
In addition to the handful of contested races for political office, there are other important issues on the ballot. All Coweta voters will be asked to make a decision on TSPLOST, the 10-year sales tax increase for transportation projects. All Coweta voters can vote on Sunday package sales of beer and wine in the unincorporated parts of the county and also a separate question on Sunday mixed-drink sales in unincorporated Coweta restaurants. Voters in Grantville will vote on mixed drink sales in restaurants seven days a week, and voters in Moreland will decide if town council terms should be expanded to four years. Also, both the Republican and Democratic ballots have non-binding questions on their ballots.
This is an important election. We hope voters will become familiar with the ballots, the candidates and the issues before heading to their polling places.


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