In the first five days of early voting for the Nov. 8 elections, municipal and county voters cast 245 county or city ballots in the single polling place set up inside Barrow County’s government administration building on East Broad Street.
County interim elections supervisor Monica Franklin said by the end of the day Friday, 150 ballots had been cast in the county’s special election, and 95 ballots had been cast in the Auburn, Braselton or Winder elections.
Election workers on hand for early voting Friday said it takes about five minutes to vote early, even in both county and municipal elections.
“We need voters!” said election worker Deborah Montgomery of Winder.
Early voting in the county’s special election is open to all of Barrow County’s registered voters, regardless of hometown.
Voters from Auburn, Bethlehem and Winder also can cast their early votes while at the county building.
The big ballot issues in Winder are the contested races for mayor and the contested races for the at-large and Ward 2 council seats.
In Bethlehem there is a three-way race for Scott Morgan’s seat on the Bethlehem Town Council. His challengers are C.L. Wood and Douglas Koestel.
Also on Auburn’s and Winder’s ballots are a ballot question regarding whether to allow stores to sell alcohol by the package on Sundays.
Sunday alcohol sales by the package also are on the separate county ballot along with a question about possibly changing to a county manager form of government.
Elections workers Louise Boyd and Deborah Montgomery stand beside a entire bank of empty voting machines Friday morning at the office of the Barrow County Board of Elections & Registration.
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