2008-07-10 / Front Page

Two local races will be decided in General Primary on Tuesday

Exercising their right to advance vote the week prior to the Georgia General Primary are: (l-r) Dot Snider, Virginia Turner, and Ed Turner. Lincoln County residents are encouraged to make their voices heard by heading to the polls on Tuesday, July 15. Exercising their right to advance vote the week prior to the Georgia General Primary are: (l-r) Dot Snider, Virginia Turner, and Ed Turner. Lincoln County residents are encouraged to make their voices heard by heading to the polls on Tuesday, July 15. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, July 15, to cast their ballots in the Georgia General Primary.

Among the candidates appearing on the ballots are:

Democratic Ticket

County Commission Chairman: Walker Norman (incumbent).

District 3 Commissioner: Maurice Cadden and Cooper Cliatt.

District 4 Commissioner: Allen Walker (incumbent).

Sheriff: Bruce Beggs.

Tax Commissioner: Brenda Danner (incumbent) and Kyle Reese.

Superior Court Clerk: Amanda Doss.

Probate/Magistrate Judge: Lee Moss (incumbent).

Coroner: Paul Reviere (incumbent).

County Surveyor: Robert "Chigger" Wilkes (incumbent).

District Attorney for the Toombs Judicial Circuit: Dennis Sanders.

United States Senator: Dale Cardwell, Vernon Jones, Rand Knight, Josh Lanier, and Jim Martin.

United States Congressman: Bobby Saxon.

The races for District 3 commissioner and tax commissioner will be decided during the General Primary.

Republican Ticket

County Commission Chairman: Wade Johnson.

District 4 Commissioner: Rob Robinson.

Sheriff: Gerald Lawson (incumbent).

Probate/Magistrate Judge: Joe Banks.

United States Senator: Saxby Chambliss (incumbent).

United States Congressman: Paul Broun (incumbent) and Barry Fleming.

State Senator: William S. (Bill) Jackson.

State Representative: Lee Anderson and Brett McGuire.

In addition to the actual election, Georgia Law allows both parties to conduct non-binding "straw polls" to gauge voter opinion on a variety of issues.

The Lincoln County Republican Party has voted to place the following questions on the Republican ballot for the General Primary:

(1) As provided for in Georgia Law, should Lincoln County phase in school tax relief for senior citizens?

(2) As provided for in Georgia Law, should Lincoln County freeze real property assessments for tax purposes until the property is actually sold for the increased value?

(3) Should the State of Georgia allocate money from the "Go Fish Georgia" fund to raise sterile grass carp in the new state fish hatchery to control hydrilla in all Georgia waterways?

What follows are things every voter should know about the General Primary:

(1) In the primary, electors must vote a straight ticket, meaning they must choose either a Democratic or a Republican ballot. Voters may then cross party lines in the General/Nonpartisan Election on November 5.

(2) Advance voting will continue through Friday, July 11, at the Lincoln County Elections and Registration Office in The Lincoln Center at 160 May Avenue.

Georgia law now requires voters to provide one of the six forms of photo identification listed below:

.. A Georgia driver's license, even if it has expired.

.. Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card, issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Lincoln County Board of Elections and Registration.

.. A valid United States passport.

.. A valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state.

.. A valid United States military photo ID.

.. A valid tribal photo ID.

(3) The deadline for requesting that an absentee ballot be mailed to one's residence is Friday, July 11.

All absentee ballots must be returned to the elections and registration office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15.

(4) Polls will be open statewide from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Citizens are required to present one of the six forms of identification listed above at their polling place prior to voting.

The polling places are as follows:

.. Precinct 1-A - The building beside the Midway Volunteer Fire Department on Midway Church Road, off of Highway 79.

.. Precinct 1-B - The Lincolnton Clubhouse on N. Peachtree Street.

.. Precinct 3-A - Faith Temple, situated at the intersection of the Thomson Highway and Leathersville Road.

.. Precinct 3-B - Tabernacle Baptist Church, located near the intersection of Highway 220 West and the Augusta Highway.

.. Precinct 4-A - Bethany United Methodist Church on Bethany Church Road.

.. Precinct 4-B - The voting booth beside Tankersley's Store on Double Branches Road.

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