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Saturday session continues strong early vote

Line forms before polls open Saturday

Posted: October 26, 2012 - 12:22pm  |  Updated: October 27, 2012 - 9:03am
Columbia County Elections Coordinator Jarthurlyn Hosley (left) assists a voter in line outside the Board of Elections office on Friday. Strong turnout for early voting is expected to continue Saturday and next week, leading up to the Nov. 6 general election.  Barry L. Paschal
Barry L. Paschal
Columbia County Elections Coordinator Jarthurlyn Hosley (left) assists a voter in line outside the Board of Elections office on Friday. Strong turnout for early voting is expected to continue Saturday and next week, leading up to the Nov. 6 general election.

 

Saturday voting is being held at three sites today in Columbia County after two weeks of what election officials believe was very strong early voting turnout.

At of the end of voting Friday, 11,008 voters had cast ballots for the general election, said Columbia County Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay. Before the polls opened at 9 a.m. today, voters already were queuing up outside the Board of Elections office in Evans.

“Our line is around the building - to the Procument (Department) door,” Gay said.

Early voting continues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Board of Elections office, in Building E of the government complex in Evans. Voters also can visit Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, and Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, on Saturday. All three locations will be open Monday-Friday next week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for advance voting.

All voting precincts will be open on election day, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The presidential election is at the top of this year’s ballot, along with state Public Service Commission and congressional races.

No Democrats filed for the partisan races in Columbia County this year, so the only contested local race is district attorney, a post that spans three counties.

Voters also will voice their opinion on two state constitutional amendments and decide a local question that could impose term limits on county commissioners.

Because of the interest in this year’s election and the strong turnout it could generate, Gay urged voters to confirm their registration in advance, especially if they registered by mail.

“I would just encourage voters to be prepared by confirming their registration and viewing a sample ballot prior to coming to vote – and be patient if there are any lines,” she said.

Voters can go to the Board of Elections page via the county’s Web site, www.columbiacountyga.gov, toconfirm their registration information and print a sample ballot specifically for their voting precinct.

The precinct is listed on each voter’s card sent out earlier this year – but that card is for information purposes only. Gay said it isn’t needed for voting. Instead, voters must bring a government-issued picture ID with them to cast a ballot.

For information, call the Board of Elections office at (706) 868-3355.

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOT

 

Note: While all possible races in Columbia County area listed, not all races appear on all ballots. Races for seats in specific districts will appear only on the ballots of voters who live in those districts. Go to the Board of Elections page at www.columbiacountyga.gov to review individual sample ballots by precinct.

 

President

 Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan – Republican

 Barack Obama, Joe Biden – (Incumbent) Democrat

 Gary Johnson, James Gray – Libertarian

Public Service Commission

 Chuck Eaton – (Incumbent) Republican

 Stephen Oppenheimer – Democrat

 Brad Ploeger – Libertarian

Public Service Commission

 Stan Wise – (Incumbent) Republican

 David Staples – Libertarian

10th District U.S. Congress

 Paul Broun – (Incumbent) Republican

12th District U.S. Congress

 Lee Anderson – Republican

 John Barrow – (Incumbent) Democrat

24th District State Senate

 William S. “Bill” Jackson – (Incumbent) Republican

23rd District State Senate

 Jesse Stone – (Incumbent) Republican

 Robert Ingham – Democrat

33rd District State House

 Tom McCall – (Incumbent) Republican

 David Vogel – Democrat

121st District State House

 Barry Fleming – Republican

122nd District State House

 Ben Harbin – Republican

123rd District State House

 Barbara Sims – Republican

District Attorney

 Ashley Wright – (Incumbent) Republican

 Evita Paschall – Democrat

Probate Judge

 Alice Padgett – (Incumbent) Republican

Clerk of Superior Court

 Cindy Mason – (Incumbent) Republican

Sheriff

 Clay Whittle – (Incumbent) Republican

Tax Commissioner

 Kay Allen – (Incumbent) Republican

Coroner

 Vernon Collins – (Incumbent) Republican

Chief Magistrate

 Jason Troiano – Republican

County Commission District 2

 Trey Allen – (Incumbent) Republican

County Commission District 3

 Charles Allen Jr. – (Incumbent) Republican

Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

(Vote for three)

 Edward “Gene” Hair – (Incumbent)

 Anna “Jeanie” Hill – (Incument)

 Michael R. Rorick

Constitutional Amendments (Yes or No)

• “Shall the Constitution of the state of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”

• “Shall the Constitution of the state of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state’s operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements?”

Special Referendum (Yes or No)

“Shall the Act be approved which places term limits on the chairperson and members of the Board of Commissioners of Columbia County?”

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