Advance Voting for Cobb Run-Offs Begins Monday
County residents are encouraged to check out sample ballots before heading to the polls on Aug. 13.
After the highest primary turnout in nearly a decade last month, Cobb's run-off candidates are looking to the next election on Aug. 21.
With the transportation tax off the table, and if the election follows the trend of recent run-offs, less than half of primary voters will head to the polls again.
Turnout for Cobb run-offs in 2004 and 2010 were about 15 percent, Cobb Board of Elections Director Janine Eveler said. In the 2000 run-off, only 2 percent of eligible voters participated.
For this run-off, residents can vote in advance on Aug. 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb Board of Elections main office at 736 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta or one these locations:
- East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
- South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton
- Northstar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw
- Boots Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
Voters are advised to request the correct ballots: Republican, Democrat or non-partisan.
During the July 31 primary, Eveler said some voters were confused about which ballots to request.
For instance, some who identified themselves as independents erroneously asked for non-partisan ballots and were surprised when the ballots did not include particular races, she said.
Republicans will be deciding Cobb's next commission chairman when they vote for either incumbent Tim Lee or former Chairman Bill Byrne.
Conversely, no Republicans signed up to run for the commission seat that represents the Democrat-heavy District 4 in Southwest Cobb. So blue voters will decide who will win between incumbent Woody Thompson and challenger Lisa Cupid.
Democrats and Republicans will join non-partisan voters in deciding between Cobb State Court contenders Marsha Lake and Larry Burke, who topped a four-candidate field in the primaries.
Just Republicans, though, will be voting between two GOP Cobb Superior Court clerk candidates: Rebecca Keaton and John Skelton.