In the 2010 primary, 131 voters cast ballots during the first week of early voting. That same number, 131, voted during the first day of early voting this week. The voting numbers have topped 100 every day.
At the end of a week’s early voting Friday afternoon, 769 ballots had been cast, according to county Elections Supervisor Becky Deese.
“In many of these races, the primary winner faces no opposition in November, so this election determines who takes office,” said Deese. “People are aware that this is it.”
Early voting will continue Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., only at the elections office on the lower level of the county administration building on College Street in Carrollton, The last day to vote early in the elections office will be July 27.
“This is a primary election and voters have to select a party ballot, either Republican, Democratic or non-partisan,” Deese said. “The non-partisan ballot has only the non-partisan races and T-SPLOST referendum on it.”
Deese noted that selecting a party ballot in this election is not a party registration and does not obligate a person to vote in that party primary in future elections.
By state law, one Saturday early voting day must be observed. In Carroll County, it will be on July 21, with voting hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“All voting on election day must be done in your assigned precinct,” Deese said. “If you don’t know your precinct, you can find it on the Georgia Secretary of State website, www.sos.georgia.gov/MVP.”
The last day the elections office will send out absentee ballots is July 27, so applications for absentee ballots must be in by then. The absentee ballot must be back in the elections office by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted. Military and overseas ballots can be accepted up to the Friday after election, as long as they are postmarked on or before election day.
Absentee ballot application forms are available online at the secretary of state or county website, or by calling the county elections office
Contests on the ballots will include U.S. representatives, state senators and representatives, county commissioners, school board members, nonpartisan judicial races and the 1-cent T-SPLOST referendum.
A referendum on Sunday sales of beer and wine will only be on the ballot for voters living inside the Temple city limits.
Both Republican and Democratic ballots will have some non-binding, straw poll questions which were put on the ballot by the parties to sample how voters feel on certain issues.
Anyone with questions about voting or the ballot can call the county elections office at 770-830-5823.