Peyton reports that 20,575 of Polk County’s 39,800 residents are registered to vote in the upcoming Nov. 2 General Election.
“That’s a slightly higher number than usual, but it’s not a huge increase like some other counties have seen,” said Peyton.
Already, Peyton says voters have been streaming in to vote early. Those with excuses to vote as an absentee were being allowed to vote this week. Those without excuses are being told to wait until next week.
Peyton said that the Board of Registrar’s Office will be taking early voters beginning Monday, Oct. 25 until Friday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Board of Registrar’s Office is located across the street from the Cedartown Post Office at 144 West Ave., Suite D.
Three races on the November 2 General Election ballot will be strictly local contests with one other as a mostly local race.
The most prominent race on the ballot is for President of the United States, pitting incumbent Republican George W. Bush against Democratic challenger John F. Kerry. Michael Badnarik is the Libertarian candidate for president.
Two of the local races are for Polk County Commission seats in Districts 2 and 3. In District 2, incumbent Democrat Ray Barber is being challenged by Republican Jason Robinson. In District 3, incumbent Republican David Jarvis is being challenged by Democrat Harold McDurmon.
The race for Chief Magistrate Court Judge is also a local race with incumbent Democrat Jean Crane being challenged by Republican Mike York.
In a race that includes all of Polk County and a small portion of Floyd County is for District 16 of the Georgia House of Representatives. In that race, incumbent Democrat Bill Cummings is being challenged by Republican Jonathan Ingram.
Polk County voters will also help decide the Georgia Senate Race for District 31 between Republican Bill Heath and Democrat Lester Tate. That race includes all of Polk and Haralson counties, and portions of Bartow and Paulding counties.
Local voters will also help decide the race for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 11th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Phil Gingery and Democratic challenger Rick Crawford.
Polk and all other counties in Georgia will decide on the open U.S. Senate Seat with Republican Johnny Isakson, Democrat Denise Majette and Libertarian Allen Buckley.
In the race for Public Service Commission, incumbent Republican Bobby Baker is being challenged by Democrat Mac Barber and Libertarian Jalynn Hudnall.
In the nonpartisan race for Georgia Court of Appeals Judge, Debra Bernes, Howard Mead and Mike Sheffield are all seeking the seat on the court.
There are two Constitutional Amendments on the ballot to be decided.
The first is to define marriage as the union of a man and woman, and the second is to provide for the Supreme Court jurisdiction to answer questions of law from federal courts. Voters are being asked to vote yes or no on both of these amendments.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the usual polling stations.