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Polls open Saturday to cast early ballots in primary
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Jason and Pat Bramhall cast their ballots during Election Day at Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, on Nov. 7, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

If primary day is too far away, you can push the button for your candidates of choice on Saturday, May 12, at four locations in the county.

The Hall County Elections Office is holding Saturday early voting this week at the Hall County Government Center, the East Hall Community Center, the Spout Springs Library and the North Hall Community Center:

  • East Hall Community Center, 3911 P Davidson Road, Gainesville
  • North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville
  • Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Spring Road, Flowery Branch
  • Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Voting is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the only weekend voting opportunity before the primary on May 22. Early voting ends May 18, the Friday before the primary.

Races on the ballot include contests for governor and other statewide posts in both parties. In Hall, a Democratic contest for the U.S. 9th District House seat is between Dave Cooper and Josh McCall. The winner meets unopposed Republican incumbent Rep. Doug Collins in the Nov. 6 election.

At the local level, there are three races with contested primaries, including two for the Hall County Board of Commissioners. In North Hall’s District 3, incumbent Scott Gibbs is facing challenger Shelly Echols in the Republican primary. In District 1, incumbent Kathy Cooper is being challenged by George Thorndyke for the South Hall seat.

For the Hall County Board of Education Post 2, Republicans Mark Pettitt and Gina Pilcher are vying for a shot to face Democrat William Wallace in the general election. Incumbent Brian Sloan did not seek re-election.

There are numerous contested races for state seats in the Republican and Democratic primaries. Locally, House District 30 has a Democratic primary between Patrick Anderson and Alana Watkins. The winner of that race will go on to face Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gillsville, in the general election.

Sample ballots for both parties can be found online at the Hall County Elections Office website.

Photo identification is required to vote. The Georgia Secretary of State’s list of acceptable ID includes:

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services
  • A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
  • Valid U.S. passport ID
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID

Only one form of ID is required to vote in Georgia.

So far, 1,386 people have cast ballots in the 10 business days early voting has been open for the primary, according to the county elections office.

Republican voter turnout has steadily grown since early voting opened April 30 and Democratic voting has stayed steady. A total of 1,026 Republicans and 350 Democrats have voted as of Friday in Hall County. There have been 10 nonpartisan voters so far.

Absentee ballots received by the county sit at 115.

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