Advance voting begins this week

Published 11:03 am Monday, October 16, 2017

Advance voting began Monday in Decatur County.

Set hours for voting are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance voting ends on Friday, Nov. 3.

On the ballot will be the TSPLOST (Transportation Local Option Sales Tax), a 1 percent tax on all sales in Decatur County that goes toward road and transportation projects within county limits. All county voters are eligible to vote on the TSPLOST question, which reads: “Shall a special one percent sales and use tax be imposed in the special district consisting of Decatur County for a period of time not to exceed five years and for the raising of not more than an estimated amount of $24,000,000 for transportation purposes?”

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Read more about TSPLOST here.

Also on the ballot is the Bainbridge City Council seat of late councilman Joe Sweet. The race is between Jacob A. Gilstrap and Derik B. McDowell.

Advance voting takes place at the Fairgrounds Chamber Building at 122 Vada Road and at the Elections Office at the Courthouse Annex at 122 W. Water St.

On Nov. 7, all nine county polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you would like to have a ballot mailed to you for this election, you must apply for a mail-in ballot. Those applications are available on the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page, on the Elections Office page on the county’s website,, or by calling the Elections Office at (229) 243-2087.