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Election is Nov. 2; early voting ends Friday

Election Day is Nov. 2 and voters throughout the county will decide whether or not to add one cent to the local sales tax to fund road paving and other transportation projects.

The TSPLOST referendum, if passed, would implement the one penny tax for five years or until $12.2 million has been raised. Approval by the voters would also allow the county to issue bonds to start projects and pay off the debt from sales tax proceeds.

There are two Barnesville city council seats also up for grabs.

In Ward 2, incumbent Christopher Hightower is being challenged by Veon Benton. In Ward 4, incumbent Larry Whitworth is challenged by Neal Devane and Joe Sims.

Elections supervisor Anita Reid notes city voters in those wards will vote on the TSPLOST at their usual county polling place. They will have to vote a second time at the civic center to cast ballots in the council races.

Early numbers show voter interest is tepid at best. As of Oct. 25, 217 early voters had cast TSPLOST ballots while 67 absentee ballots had been processed.

In the city races, 63 early voters had made their decisions while 14 absentee ballots had been received.

Early voting continues through 5 p.m. Friday at the elections board office in the county administration building. Polls throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on election day.

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