Early voting continues today, next week

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal election is wrapping up, and voters can vote today.

The Coweta County Voter Registrar's Office in downtown Newnan will be open from 9 a.m. until noon today for early voting for the Newnan, Senoia, Grantvi lle, Moreland and Sharpsburg elections.

Early voting continues next week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p. m. through Friday at the voter registration office.

The of f ice is located at 22 East Broad St. in downtown Newnan.

Early voting began Oct. 14. As of 4 p.m. Friday, a total of 96 voters have voted.

If you can't make it to the polls and prefer to vote by mail with a paper absentee ballot, there is still time. Voters must submit an application for an absentee ballot to the voter registration office. The ballot then has to be mailed, and has to be returned to the voter registration office by 7 p.m. on election day, or postmarked by Nov. 5. 

Applications are available at the voter registration office or online at www. sos.georgia.gov/elections. Or just call the voter registration office and they can tell you how to submit the needed information, without the need for the actual application form.

Residents of Senoia, Moreland, Grantville and Sharpsburg will get to vote for members of their city council or a new mayor. Residents in Newnan's District One will get to 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. 

Early voters, like all voters, must present a photo ID at the polls in order 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, valid military or tribal photo ID, 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's Services, or any other valid state or federally-issued photo ID.

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 attempting to replace outgoing Mayor Robert Belisle: Larry Owens, Suzanne Helfman, and Donald Rehman.

In Sharpsburg, Polly Garlington is challenging Counci lman Keith Rhodes. In Moreland, Alderman Dick Ford is challenging Mayor Josh Evans.

And in Grantville, Councilwoman Selma Coty is being challenged by Dave Riley. 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 Registration Office at 770-254-2615.

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