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Early voting wraps up in Hall
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Early voting for three local elections has come to an end, and officials will now prepare for Tuesday’s election.

On the ballots: Clermont City Council, Flowery Branch City Council and the Gainesville City Board of Education.

In Clermont, four people are running for three vacant seats on a five-member council: John Brady, Emily Harper, Albert Reeves and Seth Weaver. Brady and Weaver are incumbents. Councilman Bill Jones is not seeking re-election.

Early voting totals for the town of Clermont were not available on Friday.

In Flowery Branch, four candidates are vying for two seats on the city council. Craig Lutz and incumbent Jim Herold are in a race for Post 1, while Kellin Dobbs and Chris Fetterman compete for Post 2. The only incumbent running is Herold, a four-year Flowery Branch city councilman.

About 45 residents participated in early voting, a Flowery Branch official said Friday afternoon.

Political newcomers Eric Oliver and Sammy Smith are in the city school board’s only contested race. They have been campaigning for the board’s Ward 5 seat to replace incumbent Frank Harben, who is not seeking re-election.

Two other seats on the board are open. Maria Calkins is unopposed in her bid to succeed Lee Highsmith in Ward 2 and incumbent Willie Mitchell faces no opposition in his re-election bid for the Ward 3 seat.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, 85 Gainesville residents had cast their ballots at the Hall County elections office on Dawsonville Highway.

"It went smoothly," elections clerk Vickie Phillips said.

City officials couldn’t predict what kind of turnout they expect for Tuesday’s election.

"It’s hard to say," Phillips said.

If you plan to vote on Tuesday, don’t forget to bring a photo identification.

Though voters previously had to show identification to vote, a state law implemented in September now requires that identification must have a photo. Tuesday’s election will be the first time Hall County voters have had to show photo identification.

The following forms of ID are acceptable: Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID; a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government, Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state.

Also acceptable: A valid U.S. passport, military photo ID and tribal photo ID.

If you don’t have one of the six acceptable forms of photo ID, the state of Georgia offers a free Voter Identification Card, which can be issued at any county registrar’s office or Department of Driver Services office.