Early voting begins Monday

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The Nov. 5 municipal elections are approaching and early voting begins Monday. Residents of Senoia, Moreland, Grantville and Sharpsburg will vote for members of city council or a new mayor. 

Residents in Newnan's District 1 will choose a new city councilman. Those who live in other parts of the city of Newnan can vote for mayor, but there will only be one name on the ballot — longtime Mayor Keith Brady.

Also in the Nov. 5 elections, residents of the city of Palmetto will vote on whether or not to allow package sales of alcohol on Sundays.

Early voting for the Coweta elections is held at the Coweta Voter Registration Office in downtown Newnan. The office will be open Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon for early voting.

Early voting for the Palmetto referendum will be held at Palmetto City Hall.

Early voters, like all voters, must present a photo ID. There are a variety of IDs acceptable, including a Georgia Driver's License, even expired, as well as a valid U.S. passport, valid military or tribal photo ID, valid work photo ID from any branch of government (such as a school system work photo ID), or a state Voter ID card that can be obtained for free from the Voter Registration Office.

Paper absentee ballots are also available, and some have already been mailed out, said Voter Registrar Joan Hamilton. You can get an absentee ballot application from the voter registration office, or online at www.sos.gov/elections. Or just call the voter registration office and staff can tell you what information you need to submit, either by mail or by fax.

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 running to replace outgoing Mayor Robert Belisle, who is not seeking reelection. The Senoia mayor candidates are: Suzanne Helfman, Larry Owens and Donald Rehman. In Sharpsburg, Polly Garlington is challenging incumbent Councilman Keith Rhodes. In Moreland, Alderman Dick Ford is challenging Mayor Josh Evans for the mayoral post. In Grantville, Councilwoman Selma Coty is being challenged by Dave Riley. Grantville Councilwoman Rochelle Jabaley has five challengers: Dee Berry, Marion Cieslik, Leonard Gomez, Sandra Luttrell and Billy Tucker.

For more information about early voting or absentee voting, or to get a free Voter ID, contact the Coweta Voter Registration Office at 770-254-2615.

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