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Early voting Monday

Early voting for the May 22 General Primary and Non-Partisan election begins Monday, May 30.

Ballots must be cast in person 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at the Registrar’s Office at 17 McDonald Ave. in Blakely. The Registrar’s Office will also be open 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Voters are reminded to bring a valid photo ID when voting.

Voters will have a choice of voting a Democratic, Republican or Non-Partisan Ballot. Any registered voter can vote in any party’s primary.


In addition to candidates seeking local state and national office in the May 22 General Primary, there will be two referendums of special interest to voters in Blakely and Early County — T–SPLOST and Sunday sale of alcohol in Blakely.

The T-SPLOST referendum will appear on all ballots. The Sunday sale of alcohol in Blakely will appear only on the ballots of voters residing inside the city limits.


The Early County commissioners adopted a resolution placing a T-SPLOST referendum on the May 22 ballot.

The referendum will ask voters “whether a special one percent (1 %) sales and use tax be imposed... for a period of time not to exceed five (5) years and for the raising of not more than an estimated amount of

$5,500,000.00 for transportation purposes?”

The T–SPLOST funds will be distributed between the county and cities of Blakely, Arlington, Damascus and Jakin for transportation projects.

Sunday alcohol sales

Blakely’s alcohol referendum will include two questions for voters. First, the referendum will ask voters, “Shall the governing authority of the City of Blakely be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

The second question will ask voters “Shall the governing authority of the City of Blakely be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink?”

Local races

Of four local seats up for re-election — BOE Districts 3 and 4 and

County Commission Districts 1 and 3, there will be only one contested race on the ballot.

Ladon Durham- County

Commission District 1, Charlie

Sol - County Commission District

3, and Alice Hutchins - Board of Education District 3 are all unopposed for re-election.

Board of Education chairman James Cannon - District 4 will be facing T.G. Floyd for re-election.

State Senator

Republican State Senator Dean Burke will be unopposed for re-election to the 11th Senatorial District.

State Representative

Republican State Representative Gerald Greene, however, will be opposed by Democratic candidate Joyce Barlow.

U.S. Representative

Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop will have a Republican challenger in Herman West Jr.

Superior Court Judge

Four candidates have qualified to run for Pataula Circuit Superior Court Judge to replace Judge Joe Bishop who retires at the end of this year: Henry Balkcom of Georgetown, Megan Lane Connell of Donalsonville, Keith Day of Blakely and Chip Stewart of Donalsonville.


A crowded field of nine Republican candidates and two Democrats will be vying to be elected to fill the office of governor which will be vacated by Gov. Nathan Deal who will be completing his second term.

The Republican candidates include Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, State Senator Michael Williams, former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins, former State Senator Hunter Hill, author Marc Urbach and restaurant owner Eddie Hayes.

The two Democrats are former State Representatives Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans.

Lt. Governor

Five candidates are seeking to replace Cagle as lieutenant governor: Republicans David Shafer, Rick Jeffares and Geoff Duncan, and Democrats Sarah Riggs Amico and Triana Arnold James.

Seven candidates are running to replace Kemp for secretary of state: Republicans Brad Raffensberger, Buzz Brockway, David Belle Isle and Josh McKoon and Democrats; former U.S. Rep. John Barrow, Dee Hawkins-Haigler and Rakeim Hadley.

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