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Paulding's early voters who traveled to the polls to make their choices topped the 21,000 mark before the final week of early voting began for the Nov. 6 General Election.

A total of 1,537 county residents voted in person at the Watson Government Building in Dallas Saturday, bringing the total to 21,004 who cast ballots at the county’s lone early voting location for the upcoming election, according to the Paulding County Elections and Voter Registration office.

The elections office encouraged Paulding residents to show up today through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day if they want to vote early at the sole early voting location at the county elections office in the Watson Government Building at 240 Constitution Blvd. It is at the corner of U.S. Hwy. 278 (Jimmy Campbell Parkway) and South Main Street in Dallas.

Election Day for the General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the county’s 12 regular voting precincts.

Elections Supervisor Deidre Holden predicted final voter turnout likely will only be about 51 percent, compared to 80 percent for the 2016 presidential election. She said she hoped for a higher turnout but 51 percent will be relatively high for a mid-term election.

Depending on their place of residence, Paulding voters can make their selections in contested races for Georgia House of Representatives, Paulding County School Board and County Commission; and a special election allowing Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at restaurants to begin at 11 a.m. rather than 12:30 p.m. in Dallas and unincorporated Paulding County.

Voters also will choose among candidates for the U.S. House; and in statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, commissioners of insurance and labor, attorney general, Public Service Commission and more.

The ballot also includes questions on five state constitutional amendments and two statewide tax referendums.

The amendments to the state constitution are asking voters statewide to approve:

• Giving 80 percent of revenues from sales taxes on sporting goods to conservation efforts over the next 10 years;

• Encouraging notifications about hearings in a case be given to crime victims, also known as “Marsy’s law”;

• Ending a requirement that county and city school districts within the same county boundaries – such as Bartow County and Cartersville – must agree before a sales tax referendum can be called;

• Cutting taxes on timberland owners, among other changes;

• Creating a state business court designed to improve the efficiency of the overall court system.

Two referendums also would ask if the voter wants to give homes for the mentally disabled exemptions from property taxes even if a business corporation helped finance it; and to give a homestead exemption to residents of the city of Atlanta.

Candidates in contested races for county- and state-level positions on the Nov. 6 ballot and their campaign information links include:

COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 5: Republican John Dean (“Dean4BOE” on Facebook) and Democrat Pamela Belanger (“Pamela Luckey Belanger For Paulding Co School Board District 5” on Facebook).

COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6: Republican Jason Anavitarte ( and Democrat Pat Charles (“Pat Charles for Paulding School Board District 6” on Facebook).

COUNTY COMMISSION POST 3: Republican Chuck Hart (, or and Democrat Taurus Madric-Morris (

GEORGIA HOUSE DISTRICT 17: Republican Martin Momtahan ( and Democrat Ralph Meers (

GEORGIA HOUSE DISTRICT 19: Republican Joseph Gullett ( and Democrat Alison Feliciano (

GEORGIA SENATE DISTRICT 30: Republican incumbent State Sen. Mike Dugan of Carrollton ( and certified write-in candidate Anne OBryant of Hiram (

Unopposed candidates in local positions on the Paulding County ballot include Paulding County School Board member Nick Chester of District 2; Paulding County Commission candidates Sandy Kaecher of Post 2 and Brian Stover of Post 4; District 66 State Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Hiram; District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville; and District 31 State Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen.

In statewide races on the ballot Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp of Athens is facing Democrat Stacey Abrams of Atlanta and Libertarian candidate Ted Metz of Mableton in the race for governor.

Kemp is a former state senator who has served as secretary of state since 2010. 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.

For the election, voters wanting to apply and get information on voting by mailed absentee ballot can call the elections office at 770-443-7503 or visit

The deadline for requesting absentee ballots by mail is Friday, Nov. 2, Holden said. Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the elections office by Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

For more information about the election, call 770-443-7503 or visit


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