Voting remains open until 7 p.m.

As of 1 p.m. on today (Nov. 7), about 15 percent of Ringgold's active voters had cast ballots in the City Council race. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Election Day is off to a soggy start in Ringgold as voters have had to deal with morning rain and afternoon storms while voting for the Ringgold City Council race.

The city election features four candidates vying for two seats among incumbents Randall Franks and Jake Haynes, and newcomers Rhonda Swaney and Kelly Bomar.

According to Catoosa County Elections Director Tonya Moore, 55 people had voted in person Tuesday as of 1 p.m.

"For early voting, we had 207 was the count," Moore said. "We've received five mail-in ballots of the six we mailed out."

With the 212 early and absentee ballots and the 55 so far today, 267 of the 1,751 active voters in the city have cast ballots, or about 15 percent.

The race is an at-large election, meaning that candidates are not running for a specific district or ward. The top two vote-getters of the four will win the seats.

Voting will continue until 7 p.m. this evening at Ringgold City Hall. At that time, county elections officials administering the voting will take the machines to the Freedom Center on Evitt Street for tabulation.

"We'll do it just like we do with different precincts in county elections," Moore said.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at