Early voting, qualifying ends Friday
With just two days left before early voting for the Gilmer County Probate Court judge seat ends, over 450 people have cast ballots in the election that will take place next Tuesday.
“As of (Monday morning), we have voted 452 (people),” said Tammy Watkins of the voter registrar’s office.
“It’s been averaging about 50 a day, which is more than what we had thought. We didn’t think we would have this much.
“We were expecting a big turnout this week. Everybody usually waits until the last week.”
Surveying business owner and pastor Scott Chastain and local attorney Josh Teague are in a runoff for the probate judgeship.
Early voting ends Friday, then polls in each county precinct will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 26.
Qualifying for the vacant Post 5 school board seat begins today (July 20) and will end Friday, July 22. Board member Noreen Thomas resigned the seat in May, and former school board member Ronald Watkins has been appointed by the board as an interim.
The qualifying fee for the post seat is $67.50. The special election will be held on the same day as the general election, Nov. 8.