Georgia Election Day 2018: Polls Open at Higher Midterm Elections

Georgia Election Day 2018: Polls Open at Higher Midterm Elections



ATLANTA – Voters cast their vote today in the eagerly awaited midterm elections.

Perhaps the biggest decision they have to make is who will become Georgia's next governor.

The race is so close that it could come to a trick.

We'll cover every nook and cranny of the elections and will bring you updates throughout the day in the Channel 2 Action News.

Voters in 51 counties cast their ballots.

Polls opened on Tuesday at 7:00.

Along with the governor and vice governor, 56 US Senate seats and 180 US state seats are available.

[How Channel 2 Action News will cover Election Day]

In Georgia, more than two million people voted early for elections – more than any other election in the history of the state.

The State Secretariat released the figures on Monday, just one day before election day.

On the last day of the early poll on 2 November, the Georgians had issued 2,071,830 ballots with 1,886,905 in person and 184,925 by mail.

Previous voter turnout in an interim election campaign was 945,507 early votes – 838,484 in person and 107,023 by mail – in the general election on 4 November 2014.

[READ: 4 tips on how to avoid stress before and after Election Day]


ELECTION 2018 COVER:


In some countries, previous sales of alcohol, parking and tax relief for Sunday are entitled to vote. In addition, the controversial referendum on the city of Eagle's Landing is being observed across the metro area as it may set new paths for communities that may want to break out of existing cities.

Here is a list of the most important races and voting questions in your area:

CLAYTON COUNTY

No contested commission races.

school board

Clayton County Schools has four school seats to choose from, but only one has competition.

In District 9, which represents schools in the center of Clayton near Morrow, Democratic incumbent Benjamin A. Straker senior faces a challenge from Republican Kimberly E. Cowan-Keane.

Democrats Jasmine Bowles in District 1 are unopposed; Victoria Williams in District 4; and Alieka Anderson in District 8.

COBB COUNTY

Cobb voters in District 3 elect a representative to the Board of Commissioners. Republican incumbent JoAnn Birrell meets Democrat Caroline Holko and independent Joseph Pond.

County Commission District 1 voters will also vote on Keli Gambrill, who will run unchallenged after winning the Republican primaries.

Cobb residents, including those of the cities, will also have the opportunity to vote on a referendum that will allow them to sell their alcohol at 11am.

school board

The Cobb district demographics continue to shift from suburbs and republicans to a district where Democrats can master legitimate challenges. The voters came in 2008 with the lone Democrat David Morgan in the school board. When Republican Susan Thayer decided not to run, no one stepped up from her party to take her place District 2. Two other Democrats will challenge Republican incumbents this year.

There are two competition seats.

Post 4, in central Cobb County, has challenged Democratic challenger Cynthia Parr against reigning Republican David Chastain.

In Post 6, East Cobb County, Republican incumbent Scott Sweeney faces a challenge from Democrat Charisse Davis.

DEKALB COUNTY

Three district commissioners and two candidates for the supervision of soil and water protection officers are available.

DeKalb voters and 10 of their cities – Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain and Tucker – are also deciding whether to sell alcohol on Sunday at 11am.

Brookhaven residents are being asked to give the city council permission to borrow $ 40 million to upgrade the city's parks. The money will be repaid through property tax revenues and an increase in mega-businesses is expected.

School board: No races on the ballot.

FULTON COUNTY

The district commission races in the poll are undisputed, but Fulton voters will have a range of choices to choose from, depending on where they live.

A measure that would limit taxable property values ​​in Atlanta is being voted on nationwide.
North Fulton has several property tax exemptions, including Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell. They would allow residents to choose the least significant year 2016, 2017 or 2018 as the base year for 2019 property values. After an inflation adjustment, affected homeowners would be taxed each year with increases in value of at most 3 percent.

Residents of Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, South Fulton and Union City will be deciding whether Sunday's Sunday sales will start at 11am.

National voters will consider a measure that would reverse a constitutional amendment that prevents the last unincorporated area in the district, around Fulton Industrial Boulevard, from joining a city.

School board: No races on the ballot.

GWINNETT COUNTY

There are two Gwinnett County commission seats to choose from – and both races have the potential to make history.

In Commission District 2 – covering a wide range of Lilburn, Norcross and Peachtree Corners – Democrat Ben Ku challenges two-year incumbent Republican Lynette Howard. Ku would become Gwinnett's first Asian-American commissioner, as would the first open-gay.

In Commission District 4, which covers mainly the areas of Lawrenceville and Buford, Democrat Marlene Fosque challenges another Republican John Heard two-incumbent. Fosque would be Gwinnett's first black commissioner.

If one of the two challengers wins, they would have been the Commission's first Democrats on the five-member board for more than three decades.

The inhabitants of Gwinnett will also vote on the so-called brunch law, which allows the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday from 11.00 clock.

school board

Gwinnett County, one of the most diverse districts in Georgia, has not elected a board member. That choice could change that. Two seats, both open after Republican incumbents have decided not to run, are available.

Republican Steve Knudsen is running in District 2, the northern center of Gwinnett, against Democrat Wandy Taylor.

In District 4 of Gwinnett County, Democratic candidate Everton Blair is running against Republican candidate Chuck Studebaker.

HENRY COUNTY

The big contest on the ballot is the city council vote for Eagle's Landing.

The affluent community wants to part with Stockbridge. Eagle's Landing's lawyers will call on voters to approve a plan to take over half of Stockbridge – including half of their businesses – by annexing part of the city and setting up a new city with Eagle's landing attendants Vote in the courts and say it could financially weaken Stockbridge.

The six-man Henry Board of Commission, which is currently split equally between black and white executives, will form the majority of the minority in the New Year. This is because Blake Prince, District 4, who is white, has left the post to run for the state house. Democrat Vivian Thomas and Republican Pete Peterson, who are both black, compete for his place.

Reigning District 3 Commissioner Gary Barnum, who is white, is trying to claim his seat in a race against Democrat V. Ranae Crutches, who is black.

school board: No races on the ballot.

The Atlanta Journal's constitution contributed to this report.

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