Published Friday, October 19, 2012
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
A sample ballot for the Nov. 6 general election is available today in both The Newnan Times-Herald print and digital editions.
Though there are only a few contested races, all the uncontested races are also listed on the ballot.
Cowetans can vote for U.S. president and two seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission, as well as decide whether two amendments should be added to the state constitution.
And Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican who represents the third district and lives near Grantville, has a write-in challenger. David Ferguson is running as a candidate of the Socialist Workers Party.
There are eight qualified write-in candidates for president, and three for vice president.
The presidential write-in candidates are Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, David C. Byrne, Virgil Goode, Darrell Hykes, James Harris, Erin Kent Magee, Jill Reid, and Jill Stein.
Vice presidential write-in candidates are Tom Cary, Cheri Honkala, and Alyson Kennedy. Lists of qualified write-in candidates will be posted at polling places.
Those in the Fifth District will also get to vote on their county commissioner, and voters in House District 132 will choose their state representative. Commissioner Al Smith, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Hayden Marlowe, and State Rep. Carl Von Epps, D-LaGrange, is being challenged by Republican Gene King of Meriwether County.
Plenty of Cowetans have already cast their votes. The first week of early voting ends today.
Cowetans who are registered to vote can cast their ballots at the Coweta Voter Registration Office from 9 a.m. to noon today. The office will be open next Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A large number of Cowetans took advantage of early voting earlier this week. Weekday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Early voting is held at the registration office, located at 22 East Broad Street in downtown Newnan in the Coweta Administration Building.
For more information call 770-254-2615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can get information about your voter registration, what districts you are located in, and view your custom sample ballot at the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at www.sos.georgia.gov/mvp .
Amendment One, which would enshrine into the Georgia Constitution the state’s power to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards, has been well publicized and debated. But Amendment Two has gotten much less attention. It would allow certain state agencies to enter into multi-year rental and lease agreements.
Currently, the state can only do single-year rentals of building and facilities. Coweta County has several such rental agreements with the state and the State Properties Commission has to notify the county every year of its intent to renew, according to the county clerk’s office.
If Amendment Two is approved, the State Properties Commission, Department of Labor, and the Board of Regents would be able to enter into rental agreements “without obligating present funds for the full amount of obligation the state may bear under the full term of any such rental agreement.”
All agreements must provide for the termination of the agreement if state funds are not available.