clear
Friday May 22nd, 2015 1:42PM

More than just candidates on Tuesday ballots

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Voters going to the polls Tuesday in Georgia's primaries will find more than just contested races for offices such as governor, senator, county commission, school board, etc.

In addition to a number of non-binding "questions" on many of the Democratic and Republican ballots, "binding" referendums on one issue or another will be on the ballots in many counties across the state.

In Forsyth County, for instance, voters will decide the fate of a $195 million school bond issue. The money, if the issue passes, would be used for two new schools (a middle school and a high school), renovations to existing facilities and school technology and safety.

The estimated cost of the new middle school, with a projected opening of 2016, is $31.5 million. The cost of the new high school is pegged at $51.6 million and its projected opening is 2018. The middle school would be built on land owned by the school system adjacent to Brandywine Elementary School, which is expected to open in 2016 and is funded with state money and money from another bond (not included in Tuesday's referendum). However, the school system does not own any land for the new high school.

Early voting ended statewide on Friday and polls on Tuesday, as usual, will be open from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

RUNOFFS

There are likely to be runoffs in many races and those will not be held until July 22 because of a court order designed to give plenty of time for overseas absentee ballots to be returned for federal runoffs. The Georgia General Assembly earlier this year voted to have the state runoff election calendar coincide with any federal runoffs. Until now, Georgia had typically held all runoffs 3-4 weeks after an election.

LOCALS IN STATEWIDE CONTESTS

Three Hall County residents are seeking statewide offices for the first time.

Ashley Bell of Gainesville is running for state Schools Superintendent and Craig Lutz of Flowery Branch is running for a seat on the state Public Service Commission. Both hope to become the Republican nominee for those posts.

Amanda Swafford, meanwhile, is the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss. Swafford, who is also from Flowery Branch, will not be on Tuesday's ballot but she will be on the General Election ballot in November.

WHERE TO VOTE

Some North Hall voters, those in the Quillians Precinct, will cast ballots at a new place - the North Hall Community Center on Nopone Road. In recent years, the Quillians voting location was Wauka Mountain Elementary School.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters that they can verify their polling location by visiting his office's My Voter Page
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 4 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 4 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 4 months ago )
Local/State News
Committee leaves transportation funding to lawmakers
Georgia will have to cover a $1 billion to $1.5 billion transportation funding gap to stay economically competitive, a committee of lawmakers is warning in a report issued Tuesday.
5:36AM ( 4 months ago )
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 4 months ago )
Politics
Voter turnout: nearly 50% statewide, more than 50% in Hall Co.
Voter turnout in Georgia for Tuesday's General Election was nearly 50 percent and it topped 50 percent in Hall County.
9:54AM ( 6 months ago )
Ga. governor candidates hit trail for final day
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic challenger Jason Carter both promised a clear win on Tuesday if their supporters get to the polls.
9:11PM ( 6 months ago )
Few local races on ballots in NE Ga.; some contain SPLOST, bond, alcoholic beverage referendums
There will be few contested local races on the ballots that greet northeast Georgia voters Tuesday but a number of them will contain SPLOST, alcohol sales, or bond referendums.
11:19AM ( 6 months ago )
Hall County Elections
US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike
WASHINGTON (AP) — Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices...
12:12PM ( 1 hour ago )
Mobile home on Friendship Rd. destroyed by fire
A family of three has been displaced by an early morning fire at their home on Friendship Road in south Hall County.
10:29AM ( 3 hours ago )
Alabama to join 'SEC primary' in 2016 presidential race
Alabama lawmakers have voted to join the ``SEC primary'' as southern states band together to try to get more attention from 2016 presidential hopefuls.
8:01AM ( 5 hours ago )
Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and call...
11:23PM ( 14 hours ago )
Former Hall employee arrested on meth-related charges
Hall County authorities have arrested a now former Hall County Parks Maintenance Supervisor on drug charges.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:46PM ( 16 hours ago )