VOTING 2024: Primary Day arrives on Tuesday, early voting is over 1,600 ballots

Polk County goes to the polls on Tuesday to decide the future of several positions, and hundreds of people have already cast ballots ahead of counting for the 2024 local and state primaries taking place tomorrow.

The Polk County Board of Elections reported that 1,650 ballots were cast between Cedartown, Rockmart and absentee mail-in voting early polling locations. Cedartown early voters cast 861 ballots, and Rockmart early voters added 672 ballots. Of the 203 ballots sent out, the Board of Elections received 117 back from voters before Tuesday’s primary election.

Voters are being asked to come out and cast a Republican vote for local positions on the ballot that will be determined before the November general and presidential elections. Primary voters who vote for the Republican Party choose the District 1 Commission seat, the District 3 Commission seat, the coroner and the surveyor across the country. Two school board races locally in Rockmart – District 5 and District 6 – are also on the agenda this year.

The district will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, May 21, and will remain open until 7 p.m. This includes the Cedartown precinct at the Goodyear Civic Center on Prior Street, the Rockmart voting location at the Nathan Dean Community Center on Goodyear Avenue and the Aragon City Hall on Highway 101. , Camp Antioch on Antioch Road, Pine Bower Baptist Church on Pine Bower Road south of Cedartown, Lake Creek at the Lake Creek Baptist Church gymnasium, and for Fish Creek voters at Victory Baptist Church on Highway 278 at Hendrix Road.

Tuesday’s primary will feature multiple candidates across the six races total. Starting with the Constitutional offices, the Coroner’s race between incumbent Norman Smith and challenger Nathan Womack is a statewide race alongside the Surveyor’s race between Robert Cannon and Nick Rainey.

The County Commission races in District 1 and District 3 are also open to all primary voters. In the District 1 race, incumbent appointee Jordan Hubbard is seeking to extend his term, joining candidates Deborah Connelly, Michael Gravett and James Vines. They are joined in a contentious District 3 race by incumbent Ray Carter, who is seeking to extend his term, and challengers John Paschal and Butch Garrett.

The two district-specific races come down to candidates for the School Board races – both for open seats starting with new terms in 2025. Former interim superintendent and former teacher and administrator Greg Teems and former agriculture educator Jeff Hawkins are running against the battle for District 5 seat.

The District 6 seat is between Christina Robinson and Paul “Drew” Williams Jr.

Both are races that take place in the Rockmart area only for those who live within the district boundaries.

Polk Today will be on the ground across the province on Election Day and will report on the results after polls close at 7pm on Tuesday evening. Check back for voting tallies and more Polk County Elementary School Day coverage as it becomes available.