Two polls to be open to cast ballots for primary
by Nikki Wiley
May 09, 2014 04:00 AM | 2217 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Two polls will be open Saturday for Cobb voters wanting to cast their ballot ahead of the May 20 primary election day.

It’s the only time early voting for the primary election will be offered on Saturday.

The Board of Elections office, 736 Whitlock Ave., and the East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, will serve as the location for early voting Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The two locations will also be open for early voting through May 16. The elections office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the east Cobb center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Three satellite locations will offer early voting from May 12 through May 16 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., including the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Dr., Mableton; NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw; and Boots Ward Recreation Center, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs.

Some precincts have changed and voters can confirm their polling location at mvp.sos.state.ga.us.

Voters will get to have their say in a number of contests with no incumbents running, such as the U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the vote for Georgia Superintendent John Barge’s position, who is stepping down to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary, and the race to fill the seat of north Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham, who has opted not to seek re-election.

Other local elections include seats on the Cobb Board of Education and the Acworth Board of Aldermen.

In the past, Georgia held its primary in July with four weeks in between that election and the primary run-off vote, but the federal government determined that was not enough time to get absentee ballots to military voters serving overseas and sued the state.

State lawmakers changed the date from July to May during the last General Assembly session, now allowing nine weeks between the primary and the run off.

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