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Presidential campaign ends tonight

Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

POSTED: November 6, 2012 12:03 a.m.
J. BRYAN STILES/The Times

Jorge Gonzalez, left, and Sergo Guerrero unload voting machines Monday for the precinct at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.

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Charlotte Sosebee has a bit of advice for voters today: “Wear some comfortable shoes.”

As residents choose their next president, the Hall County elections director expects wait times of 30 minutes, and 45 minutes to an hour at larger precincts.

Her second piece of advice: Know the ballot.

“Definitely brush up on what the ballot looks like,” she said. “Review the ballot before entering the polling location. That will speed up the process in the voting booth.”

For many voters in Northeast Georgia, that means taking a look at the race between Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Jody Cooley for the newly drawn 9th District seat in the U.S. House.

Collins has run on a conservative platform, and in the July primary he focused on his experience as a state representative.

Cooley has focused his campaign on a willingness to cross party lines if elected.

Also on the ballot are two statewide Public Service Commission races and two ballot questions, one that would create a state board to approve charter schools, which has garnered a lot of debate, and another that would allow state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements.

And then of course there’s the presidential election. The national campaigns have focused little attention on Georgia as they instead put their money and energies into swing states.

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sosebee said elderly and disabled voters can go to the front of the line between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

She also wanted to remind voters that campaign paraphernalia is not allowed within 150 feet of a precinct.

“We are ready and I tell you the staff here, the election staff, the county administrator, the marshals, everybody has been so supportive and have given 100 percent of themselves,” Sosebee said.



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