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Early voting off to hot start

No campaign materials allowed at elections office

    Voters are getting a strong head start on the May 24 primary election, with the local elections office reporting a good turnout the first few days of early voting, which runs May 2 through May 20.
    “It’s been very good so far,” said Pickens County Board of Elections & Registration Supervisor Julianne Roberts, who reported 85 voters by mid-afternoon the first day of early voting and 160 by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. 

    Voters can cast their ballot Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a weekend early-voting day on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The election includes numerous races on the Republican ballot, including the U.S. Senate race, two U.S. representative races, a state senate and state representative race, and several races for local office.
    Locally, contested races include county commission chair, board of education post 1, tax commissioner and coroner.
    There are no contested local races on the Democratic Party ballot, but significantly more non-binding ballot questions, four as compared to the single question that appears on the Republican ballot. The only contested race on the Democratic ballot is for U.S. Senate.
See Sample Ballots on 8B.
    The Pickens County GOP is holding a straw poll for Republican races. See page 19A for details about how to participate.
    Roberts reminds voters there are absolutely no campaign materials allowed within 150 feet of the elections office.
    “This includes t-shirts, bumper stickers, or anything that indicates a candidate,” she said. “If it is a bumper sticker or something not easily removed from the vehicle they will have to move to a different spot. We’ve already had some issues today with a lady who had magnetics, but she was able to take them off her car and it was fine.”  
    Roberts said the Chattahoochee Technical College parking lot or the county parking lot across the street from the elections office is outside of the 150 feet distance.
    She also urged voters to know which party their candidate is running with because they will have to select either a Republican or Democratic ballot.
     The elections office is located at 83 Pioneer Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. They can be reached at 706-253-8781.