The last legislative session ended amid gridlock between the Republican-held state House and Senate and infighting among GOP leaders. And enthusiasm surrounding Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign has led to a surge of new voter registration in Georgia. But, most political analysts say neither will be enough to help Democrats regain control of either of the two bodies.
While about a third of Georgia's registered voters went to the polls in early and advance voting, many more are expected to vote Election Day, which is Tuesday. Some in the Gainesville area will have a lot of local races and/or issues to choose from. But for others, the list is a short one.
While other county offices are closing Friday for a mandated unpaid furlough, the Hall County Elections Office will remain open for the final day of advance voting and to continue to prepare for next Tuesday's elections.