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Record early voting turnout in Georgia

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. 

Early voting has set records in Georgia with Pike County voters casting 1,760 ballots in person as of Friday at 5 p.m. A total of 1,623 voters cast ballots in person and 137 absentee by mail ballots were received. 

“We have exceeded the number of ballots cast for the first week for the 2018 by about 500 ballots,” said Pike County elections supervisor David Neyhart. “Comparing these numbers to the May 2022 primary, we have far exceeded the 411 votes cast during the first week of the primary.”

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 Cairns and Ashley English.

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 second question would provide for temporary local tax relief after disasters.

House Bill No. 997 would provide for ad valorem tax exemption for certain timber production, reforestation and harvesting equipment.

House Bill No. 498 would expand ad valorem tax exemption for family-owned farms and adds qualified products to the exemption. 

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