SPLOST Early Voting: Dedicated residents turn out for first day
by Lindsay Field
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Local resident James Bailey casts his vote on Monday afternoon at the Cobb Board of Elections office.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Local resident James Bailey casts his vote on Monday afternoon at the Cobb Board of Elections office.
Staff/Todd Hull
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Garfield Cook of Marietta casts his ballot during early voting for the SPLOST IV special election.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Garfield Cook of Marietta casts his ballot during early voting for the SPLOST IV special election.
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Compared to early voting turnouts in November, the Cobb Board of Elections main office resembled a deserted island Monday.

Janine Eveler, the county’s board of elections director, said 97 voters came into her office Monday to vote early on the $773.3 million SPLOST IV referendum on the ballot for March 19. Her office received another 310 mail-in ballots.

In November, 1,371 people turned out on the first day of early voting for the presidential election. Of those, 145 were still in line after 5 p.m.

“It was pretty much what we thought we’d see for the first day,” Eveler said Monday afternoon.

There was little to no wait for voters, no kinks on the first day of voting, and if there’s anything she wants to remind voters when they come to the polls, it’s to bring a photo ID.

Eveler also said the numbers were lower than the county’s March 2011 SPLOST vote on day one of early voting when 290 ballots were mailed in and 229 people came in to vote.

Linda Flournoy of Marietta was one of the few who showed up to vote early. “I always early vote,” she said Monday morning. “It’s so convenient to my home and usually no lines.”

Flournoy also said she voted in favor of SPLOST IV.

“I think we all have to support our government, and this is how we do it in America,” she said.

There aren’t any specific projects on the Cobb Schools’ $717.8 million list or on Marietta City Schools’ $55.4 million list that brought her out to vote.

“I just want it to be funded and that we all pay our part,” she said.

The Whitlock Avenue main office will be open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through March 15, and four satellite locations will open the week of March 11-15 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The special election will be held March 19 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at all 153 polling stations.

For details about the election, visit cobbelections.org, and for more information on the project lists, visit Cobb Schools at cobbk12.org and Marietta City Schools at marietta-city.org.

 

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