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Early voting draws crowds in Columbia County

More than 1,000 voters cast ballots Monday

Posted: October 15, 2012 - 3:06pm  |  Updated: October 15, 2012 - 6:03pm
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Rob Hahn holds his 9-month-old son Liam as he waits in line to vote Monday at the Board of Elections office in Evans.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Rob Hahn holds his 9-month-old son Liam as he waits in line to vote Monday at the Board of Elections office in Evans.

With their first opportunity to cast a ballot in person Monday, Columbia County voters flocked to the polls Monday for this year’s general election early voting.

The first person lined up just after 7 a.m. outside the Board of Elections office in Evans, and by 7:40 a.m. “the line was well-formed,” said Columbia County Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.

By the end of the day, 1,025 people had voted early, Gay said, all of it “smoothly and quickly.”

Early voting is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for the next three weeks at the office, in Building E of the government complex in Evans, through Nov. 2. In addition, voters can visit Patriots Park and Stevens Creek Community Church on Oct. 27 for Saturday voting, and all three locations will be open Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 for advance voting. All 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.




 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




 Clay Whittle - (Incumbent) Republican


Tax Commissioner


 Kay Allen - (Incumbent) Republican




 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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Just you wait

I voted early in CC yesterday and never saw anything like it! Great crowd. The Chik-fil-A patrons who gathered in enormous numbers a few months ago were just the foreshadowing. The Republican turnout will be huge and Obama will be sent packing. Mark my words. There is a huge enthusiasm gap which the polls are not picking up.