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Bartow County voters take on Election Day Nov. 6
by Monica Burge
October 30, 2012 03:43 PM | 2487 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While Tuesday’s General Election contains mostly uncontested races, there are a few incumbents who have challengers and quite a few ballot questions with significant implications.

Of course, most voters have an interest in the presidential election between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

In the race for Bartow County School Board District 4, incumbent Wanda Cagle Gray is running as an impendent candidate and Fred Kittle, former Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce chairman is running as a Republican.

In the race for state representative District 16 seat, Republican Trey Kelley is challenging incumbent Rick Crawford, who said if he wins re-election will switch his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

Several names are on the ballot for the special election to pick the next mayor of Taylorsville.

Among the candidates in the race are Mitchell Bagley, Hubert “Lamar” Cantrell, Michael Owen, Jeffery D. Rhodes and James “Jimmy” Ross.

Republican Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, is being challenged for his U.S. House of Representatives seat by Democrat Patrick Thompson.

Republican chief magistrate judge Thomas Moseley is being challenged by Democrat Paul Nally.

In addition to choosing their next candidates, voters in Bartow also will decide the fate of Amendment One.

The amendment seeks to make approval of charter school applications legal on the state level.

Emerson voters also must vote to allow Sunday alcohol sales by the drink and through package sales.

The special election also includes three referendum questions regarding Freeport exemptions.

Many voters have elected to cast their ballots through early voting this year.

According to Bartow County Board of Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk, 7,576 have already voted as of press time.

Oct. 27 was the first time Georgia opted to have early voting on a Saturday and according to the Board of Elections office, 652 turned out.

On Election Day, Kirk said to expect long lines at the polls.

Kirk said “record-breaking numbers are expected.”

Polls across the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Kirk said about 75 percent of Bartow’s registered voters are expected to cast ballots.
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