Copeland and Kent

Reggie Copeland, left, and Carlyle Kent

Fewer than 200 residents of Marietta’s Ward 5 voted early in the runoff election between Councilman Reggie Copeland and challenger Carlyle Kent, which is set to be decided Tuesday.

The total turnout as of last Wednesday, the final day of early voting, was 183 out of some 6,359 registered voters — just over one-quarter of a percent. Another eight residents had returned an absentee ballot, out of 18 requested.

The small showing follows a Nov. 2 general election which saw 810 ballots cast for a Ward 5 candidate. Kent, a Realtor, finished first in that race with 310 of the votes cast, or 38%. Copeland, a counselor who has served on the council since 2018, received 277 votes, or 34%. In third place was Realtor Cristina Stallworth with 223 votes, or 28%.

Because no candidate received an outright majority of votes, the race advanced to a runoff.

Polls will open to residents of Ward 5 at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m. Residents can vote in the race regardless of whether they voted in the Nov. 2 general election, and should check their voter registration status and designated polling location at mvp.sos.ga.gov.

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gee whiz

Y'all got to show up and vote to dump that dummy! If every citizen could vote for every slot on so-called CITY council, that dummy would have been herstory a long time ago

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