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Advance voting underway through Nov. 4

Advance voting is ongoing through Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the board of elections and voter registration office on Jackson Street in Zebulon. Local voters will decide two special elections that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. 

Pike citizens will vote on a special election to decide if there will be a tax exemption for residents 62 and older. City of Williamson residents will decide whether to approve or deny the sale of distilled spirits in the city limits. 

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. 

Locally, District 135 Rep. Beth Camp is running unopposed. The only contested local race is for Meansville City Council Post 1 seat with candidates Jim Carins and Ashley English.

Statewide, voters will decide whether Republican Herschel Junior Walker, Democrat Raphael Warnock (incumbent) or Chase Oliver (Libertarian) will be the next U.S. Senator elected from Georgia. 

Voters will decide between Republican Brian Kemp (incumbent), Democrat Stacey Abrams or Shane Hazel (Libertarian) for Governor. 

Republican Burt Jones, Democrat Charlie Bailey and Libertarian Ryan Graham are running for Lieutenant Governor. 

Candidates for Secretary of State include Republican Brad Raffensperger (incumbent), Democrat Bee Nguyen and Libertarian Ted Metz. 

Attorney General candidates include Republican Chris Carr (incumbent), Democrat Jennifer ‘Jen’ Jordan and Libertarian Martin Cowen. 

Candidates for the Commissioner of Agriculture office include Tyler Harper (R), Nakita Heningway (D) and David Raudabaugh (L). 

John King (R, incumbent) is facing Janice Laws Robinson (D) for the Commissioner of Insurance seat. 

Richard Woods (R, incumbent) is facing Alisha Thomas Searcy (D) for State School Superintendent. 

There are three candidates for Commissioner of Labor, including Bruce Thompson (R), William ‘Will’ Boddie, Jr. (D) and Emily Anderson (L). 

Drew Ferguson (R, incumbent) is facing Val Almonord (D) for United States House of Representatives District 3. 

Marty Harbin (R, incumbent) is facing Pingke Dubignon (D) for State Senate District 16. 

There are several questions on the ballot, including Senate Resolution No. 134 which provides for the suspension of compensation of certain state officers and members of the General Assembly. 

The question is, “shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to suspend the compensation of the Governor, Lt. Gov., Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor or any member of the General Assembly while such individual is suspended from office following indictment for a felony?”

The second question would provide for temporary local tax relief after disasters and reads, “shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the governing authority of each county, municipality and consolidated government and the board of education of each independent and county school system in this state shall be authorized to grant temporary tax relief to properties within its jurisdiction which are severely damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster and located within a nationally declared disaster area?”

House Bill No. 997 would provide for ad valorem tax exemption for certain timber production, reforestation and harvesting equipment and reads, “shall the Act be approved which grants a state-wide exemption from all ad valorem taxes for certain equipment used by timber producers in the production or harvest of timber?”

House Bill No. 498 would expand ad valorem tax exemption for family-owned farms and adds qualified products to the exemption. The question reads, “shall the Act be approved which expands a state-wide exemption from ad valorem taxes for agricultural equipment and certain farm products held by certain entities to include entities comprising two or more family owned farm entities, and which adds dairy products and unfertilized eggs of poultry as qualified farm products with respect to such exemption?”

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