Advance voting is being offered through Friday, Nov. 2, at five locations countywide in Douglas County.
After Friday, voting will end until Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the county’s 25 regular voting precincts for the General Election that includes the state’s top three government offices and a handful of locally contested positions.
Almost 22,000, or 26 percent, of Douglas County’s 85,000 registered voters had voted early in person through 14 the 16 days in the advance voting period in Douglas County, according to information from the Georgia Secretary of State.
The Secretary of State’s office reported Douglas County was 17th out of the state’s 159 counties in the number of early voters.
Early voting is available through Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive; the Old Courthouse, 6754 Church St.; Deer Lick Park, 2105 Mack Road; Boundary Waters Aquatic Center, 5000 Highway 92; and Dog River Library, 6100 Highway 5, all in Douglasville.
For a sample Douglas County ballot, visit http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/view/departments/view_dept/&cdept=48&department=Elections%20and%20Voter%20Registration.
Election Day for the General Election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all 25 regular voting precincts.
LOCAL RACES, SPECIAL ELECTIONS
On Douglas County’s ballot, only three county-level positions are being contested while two local special elections are included:
• Incumbent Solicitor General Matthew Krull, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Sonya Compton, a Douglasville attorney. The solicitor general serves as chief prosecutor in Douglas County State Court.
• Incumbent Democrat Henry Mitchell III is seeking a third term in the District 1 seat on the Douglas County Commission and is facing a challenge from Republican Nycole Newborn Miller. Miller has been campaigning despite her husband, Douglasville City Councilman Mike Miller, being hospitalized after suffering an apparent stroke.
• Democrat Tarenia Carthan will face Republican Leonard Amundson for the County Commission District 3 seat. The winner will replace Republican Mike Mulcare, who is not seeking re-election to a fourth term.
• Incumbent District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, is being challenged by certified write-in candidate Anne OBryant of Hiram. Senate District 30 includes parts of Douglas, Paulding and Carroll counties.
• Voters living inside the cities of Douglasville and Villa Rica and in unincorporated Douglas County will be asked if they want to allow “Sunday Brunch” sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages at restaurants to begin at 11 a.m. on Sundays rather than the current start time of 12:30 p.m.
• Douglasville and Villa Rica residents also will be asked if they want to allow use of tax allocation districts to encourage redevelopment in parts of their cities.
State law allows cities and counties to sell bonds to pay for infrastructure and other redevelopment costs within a specially defined area, called a tax allocation district. The bonds are secured by the extra property tax revenue the redevelopment activities should generate, according to information from Georgia State University.
In addition, U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, will face a challenge as he seeks a ninth term representing Georgia's 13th Congressional District seat.
Scott is opposed by Republican David Callahan of South Fulton and certified write-in candidate Martin Cowen of Jonesboro. The 13th Congressional District includes all of Douglas and parts of Cobb, Fulton, Fayette, Henry and Clayton counties.
STATEWIDE RACES, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
In statewide races on the ballot, the hotly contested governor’s race features Republican Brian Kemp of Athens facing Democrat Stacey Abrams of Atlanta and Libertarian candidate Ted Metz of Mableton.
Kemp has served as secretary of state since 2010, while Abrams is the former Democratic leader in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Republican nominee Geoff Duncan of Cumming will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico of Kennesaw for the right to succeed Casey Cagle as lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor typically serves as president of the state Senate, and rules on who can speak during debate and what is being voted on.
Republican Brad Raffensberger of Johns Creek will face Democrat John Barrow of Athens and Libertarian candidate Smythe DuVal of Marietta for the job Kemp is giving up to run for governor.
The responsibilities of the office include overseeing Georgia’s elections, as well as corporate filings and professional licensing.
A number of proposed state constitutional amendments also will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. For more information, visit http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/proposed_constitutional_amendments.