2012-06-28 / Front Page

Sample ballots for July 31 now available on ‘My Voter’ page of state elections site

Sample ballots are now available for the July 31 General Primary election, with early voting set to begin Monday, July 9.

The sample ballots are available at the Wilkes County Voter Registrar’s Office and at the Secretary of State’s “My Voter” page, www.sos.ga.gov/ mvp, where voters can enter their name and birth date and see their polling place and the ballots they have to choose from.

Sample ballots will also be published in a future edition of The News-Reporter.

The sample ballots show voters exactly what they will be voting about in the upcoming July 31 election.

Regionally, voters will vote to approve or disapprove the Georgia Transportation Investment Act, also known as T-SPLOST, the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which would increase the sales tax collected on every purchase from seven cents to eight cents to regionally fund locally chosen road-building projects all over the state. For Wilkes County voters, that primarily means expanding Highway 17 to four lanes from Thomson to Elberton.

Locally, voters will cast ballots for several partisan and nonpartisan elected positions, but only a few incumbents are opposed. Incumbent Wilkes County Chief Magistrate Judge Rosa Lee Martin and Charles Rhodes Jr. have qualified to run for the Chief Magistrate Judge position. Incumbent Wilkes County Sheriff Mark Moore qualified with no opposition. On the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, District 1 incumbent Divinski Lee qualified with no opposition, while incumbent District 2 Wilkes County Commissioner Ed Geddings is running for re-election, opposed by Tom Young, who qualified as a Republican.

Mildred Peeler, long-time incumbent Clerk of Superior Court, qualified without opposition, as did Tax Commissioner Mary Hubbard, Probate Judge Thomas Charping, and Wilkes County Surveyor Jack Newsome.

In non-partisan races, incumbent Chairman of the Wilkes County Board of Education, Ricky Callaway, qualified with no opposition, as did incumbent school board members Andrew Jackson (District 3) and Steven Albertson (District 4).

Wilkes EMA Director and assistant coroner Blake Thompson is running for Wilkes County Coroner as is funeral director Reginald Jones.

Depending on whether they vote Democrat or Republican, voters will also cast votes for U.S. Representatives, Georgia state representatives, and numerous state judgeships, along with several ballot questions including approving casino gambling in Georgia, putting a cap on lobbyists’ gifts to legislators, and allowing active duty military under 21 to get a Georgia weapons license.

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