So far only 102 have voted in special election
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The number of early votes cast has doubled since last week, but election officials say the turnout is nothing to write home about.
Grady County Chief Registrar Malinda Butler reported Tuesday afternoon that a total of 102 votes has been cast early for the March 19, 2019 special election. Of that total, 54 votes had been cast in the District 5 Grady County Commission special election between Phillip E. Drew and Jesse Ryan Schober.
Voters in Grady County District 5 are voting on a new county commissioner to replace the late T.D. David, who was forced to resign late last year due to declining health.
Grady County voters are also being asked to approve or reject a one percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST).
Advance, in person voting began Monday, Feb. 25 and runs until Friday, March 15. The hours for early voting are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. There will not be any Saturday voting for the special election.
To cast early votes, visit the Board of Registrars Office, 24 Third Ave. N.E. On election day, March 19, all 13 of the county’s polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Drew, 54, and Schober, 28, are vying for the District 5 post vacated by David. The late commissioner was the sole candidate to qualify last year and was elected automatically to another four-year term, which will expire Dec. 31, 2022. The winner of the March 19 special election will serve out the remainder of David’s term.
Should the county’s registered voters approve the renewal of the one percent sales tax on March 19, a number of extensive projects is on the drawing board. The tax is projected to generate $14 million over five years to benefit local schools.