Election Day 2013 has arrived in three local cities. Polls open at 7 a.m. in Auburn, Bethlehem and Winder, but there is only one voting location in each city:
• Auburn: Midway United Methodist Church, 215 Kilcrease Road.
• Bethlehem: Bethlehem Community Center/City Hall, 750 Manger Ave.
• Winder: Winder Community Center, 113 E. Athens St.
Advance voting for the three elections began slowly but finished Friday with a bang in Winder, where the competition among three candidates vying for one at-large seat is fierce.
County elections supervisor Monica Franklin said by the end of the nearly three weeks of advance voting, 359 Winder residents had voted in person and 28 had requested absentee ballots — that must be returned to her office by the time polls close at 7 tonight in order to be counted. The city's race is between incumbent Bob Dixon and challengers Lorin Sinn-Clark and Nicole Tobias.
In Auburn, 36 residents drove to the county elections office to vote early, and two others requested absentee ballots. That city's voters will choose half of the four council members. Incumbents Donna Scouten and Bob Vogel are being challenged by William Ackerman, Harold Money and Jay Riemenschneider.
But in Bethlehem, only two residents voted early in the race between Joe Price and C.L. Wood for the vacant Post 3 seat on the city's town council.
The winners of each city post will be announced tonight at the Barrow County Board of Elections at 233 E. Broad St. in Winder.
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