51,000 in Cherokee vote early
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Patrick Hubbard votes at the Woodstock Library on Thursday afternoon. County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda closed out early and advanced voting Friday with more than 51,000 having cast their ballots already across the county.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Patrick Hubbard votes at the Woodstock Library on Thursday afternoon. County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda closed out early and advanced voting Friday with more than 51,000 having cast their ballots already across the county.
Staff/Todd Hull
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CANTON — For those who work at the Cherokee County Elections Office, now is the quiet before the storm.

County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda on Friday closed out early and advanced voting with more than 51,000 having cast their ballots already across Cherokee County.

By Saturday morning Munda was out delivering “I voted” stickers, which had been in short supply last week, to local polling sites and was preparing to gear up for Election Day.

“I don’t think there will be lines on Tuesday,” Munda said. “It is going to be 55 degrees and raining and I always think weather plays a big part in the turnout.”

On Monday, all polling sites are closed, and will reopen on Tuesday at 7 a.m. for the general election.

Voters here will vote on the local Homestead Option Sales Tax cast their votes for the presidential election and the charter school issue and decide several contested state-level races.

For Holly Springs residents, two non-partisan contested council seats are on the ballot.

In the last presidential election in 2008, 79 percent of the county’s then- 119,024 registered voters, or more than 93,000 total, cast a ballot at the polls. More than half of that number voted early.

As many as 50,000 or more could come out this Election Day to cast a ballot at the 42 precincts open on Tuesday in Cherokee County.

“We are prepared, well staffed. I am not looking for any problems; it has been so smooth so far,” Munda said Friday.

Munda said the only issues have been with those who come in and are not registered to vote.

“If someone comes in and is not registered and they cannot vote, they are upset. If they have not voted or made contact with our office in eight years they are deleted from the system and would have had to re-register,” she said.

Munda reminded the community there is no voting at elections headquarters in Canton on Election Day and said precincts are listed on voter registration cards or can be checked online.

“Be patient, they will get you through the line as quickly as possible,” Munda urged voters. “We do everything right in Cherokee County, or we try to.”

This year, the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney headlines the ballot.

Voters in Cherokee will have only a few contested races to decide.

Republican U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey will face Democrat Patrick Thompson for the newly drawn 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Cherokee and Bartow counties, as well as parts of Cobb and Fulton counties. Allan Levene of Kennesaw has declared himself a write-in candidate.

Candidates battling for seats in the Georgia General Assembly include incumbent Sen. John Albers, who is opposed by Democrat Akhtar Sadiq.

Incumbent Republican Rep. John Carson is defending his 46th District seat against Democrat Kevin “Big Kev” Westphal.

The open state House 20th District seat election is a contest between Republican Michael Caldwell and Democrat Lillian Burnaman.

In the city of Holly Springs, voters have two, non-partisan city council races.

The Post 3 race is between incumbent Councilman Michael Zenchuk and challenger Alex Berkobin. In the other race, incumbent Councilwoman Karen Barnett faces Bob Kovacs in the Post 2 contest.

Statewide, two positions on the Public Service Commission, as well as two constitutional amendments are on the ballot regarding public charter schools and multi-year real estate rental agreements.

Locally, voters in Cherokee will have a special election to decide whether or not to adopt a proposed Homestead Option Sales Tax to reduce property taxes. Both questions must be answered in the affirmative in order for the plan to pass.

Munda said there have not been any problems with photo identification requirements that first went into effect in 2006.

Georgia law requires state residents to show photo ID when voting in person.

Acceptable forms of identification are: a valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card; Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; a valid government employee photo ID; a valid U.S. passport ID; a valid U.S. military photo ID; and a valid tribal photo ID.
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