Early voting in Barrow County picked up steam this week as local candidates began their final countdown to Election Day 2012. “We had 806 today for a total of 8,512 in-person votes,” said Barrow County elections supervisor Monica Franklin on Tuesday night. “We have 741 mailed-in absentee ballots as of the end of business today. So if you add those together, we have had 9,253 votes cast early.”
The biggest draw now for early voters is the tight Presidential race, this time between Democrat incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But there also are two contested local races of interest. Johnny C. Smith, a Winder Democrat, is challenging the reelection of Republican District 3 Commissioner Steve Worley, who at this point has the only undecided seat on the next Barrow County Board of Commissioners. And James V. Scott, a Statham Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Sheriff Jud Smith.
For the full story, see the Oct. 31 issue of the Barrow Journal.