Today is the start of Advance Voting in municipal elections across Barrow County. The nearly three weeks of voting leading up to Election Day is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Nov. 1. Electronic voting machines are set up in the elections office on the first floor of the county government building at 233 E. Broad St. in Winder.
Only three of the county’s six cities have elections this year, because no opponents qualified to run for posts in Braselton, Carl or Statham. But there is competition for council seats in Auburn, Bethlehem and Winder.
In Winder, Nicole Tobias and Lorin Sinn-Clark are opposing first-term incumbent Bob Dixon for his at-large seat. In Bethlehem, Joe Price and C.L. Wood are competing for the Post 3 seat. And in Auburn, where all races are at-large, council incumbents Donna Scouten and Bob Vogel must emerge as the top two vote-getters in a field of five candidates in order to hold onto their seats. The challengers are former mayor Harold Money, former mayoral candidate William B. Acworth, and political newcomer Jay Riemenschneider.