Officials push early voting ahead of Nov. 6

Officials push early voting ahead of Nov. 6

Thursday afternoon the early voting line stretched around the corner at the County Elections Office, but officials are still pushing early voting, especially for residents who may have to vote in two separate polling locations if they wait until Nov. 6. (Photo by Michael Clifton / www.kombatkamera.com)

Early voting is underway as the county prepares for election day on November 6, with advanced in-person voting open now through Nov. 2.

From now through Oct. 26, voting is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday, Oct. 27, voting will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. From Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, voting is open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Early voting is offered at the Fayette County Elections Office at 140 Stonewall Ave. West, Suite 209A in Fayetteville, at the Peachtree City Library at 201 Willowbend Rd. in Peachtree City, and at Tyrone Town Hall at 881 Senoia Rd. in Tyrone.

Floyd Jones, Director of Elections, is urging voters to verify where they vote before Nov. 6. Because it is considered a “Dual Election,” many residents may not realize they have to vote in multiple locations.

A press release sent out by Jones lays out the dilemma:

“During even-numbered years like 2018, elections are designed for voters to consider federal, state, and countywide candidates and questions. In odd-numbered years like 2017, those citizens who live in cities (such as Fayetteville or Peachtree City) have an opportunity to vote on their respective city matters (such as mayors, city council members, and questions that only involve the city). When cities hold elections during an even-numbered year, or when a county or the state holds an election during an odd-numbered year, it causes a Dual Election. When a Dual Elections occurs, the State of Georgia – who produces ballots for all of Georgia’s county’s – has to utilize two separate databases (one for the cities and one for all the rest.) This results in counties having two different sets of machines and, if required, two separate physical locations for voters to vote – hence the name “Dual Election.”

Both Peachtree City and the City of Fayetteville called for a Special Election to vote on allowing restaurants to serve alcohol beginning at 11 a.m., instead of the current 12:30 p.m. requiring the Dual Voting for voters just within those cities.

Most Peachtree City residents will only report to one polling place and vote on two sets of machines there, but those in either the Whitewater Precinct or the Rising Starr Precinct will require two separate voting locations. Most City of Fayetteville residents who have to travel to two separate locations.
Jones advises the best alternative to dual voting is voting early.

“Each early election site is equipped to handle both federal, state, and county questions along with city questions – preventing the need to travel to two separate locations.”

The best way to learn if you can vote in one location or if you need to travel to two locations is to visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or to call the Fayette County Elections Office at (770) 305-5408.

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.