Elections for city council posts in LaFayette and Chickamauga are underway today, Nov. 7.
The cities of Rossville and Lookout Mountain are not holding elections because no challengers registered to run. The incumbents are seeking re-election without any opposition.
Polls will remain open until 7 p.m.
As of 10 a.m. in LaFayette, there have been around 8 percent of residents who have voted in the city out of the 2,975 registered voters.
According to the LaFayette precinct, there were 52 votes casts in person today as of 10 a.m.
According to the Walker County Board of Elections, there were 155 early votes cast and 34 absentee ballots returned in LaFayette
LaFayette only has one contested race: incumbent Councilman Beacher Garmany is being challenged in Ward 1 by newcomer Vic Burgess.
Mayor Andy Arnold, Councilman Ben Bradford and Municipal Court Judge Kenneth S. Maples are unopposed.
This is Burgess' first venture in running for a local political office. He works as an advocate for high-risk youth involved with juvenile court in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.
Garmany, who has completed his first term in November, was elected after a runoff election against Robert Wardlaw in December 2013. He filled the seat of Arnold in Ward 1 after Arnold was elected mayor.
In Chickamauga, 134 residents voted early. And, as of 10 a.m. today, about 90 people had cast their votes in person out of the 1,786 registered voters in the city, bringing a 12.5 percent voter turnout by mid-morning.
Chickamauga has a six-person council race. Incumbents Randal Dalton, Don Martin and Evitte Parrish will be challenged by Dale Powell, Lance Tarvin and Doug Cogswell.
The three candidates receiving the most votes will join the council.
Walker County residents are voting either "yes" or "no" today on a TSPLOST (Transportation Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax).
TSPLOST calls for a 1% sales tax increase with funds earmarked specifically for transportation projects, like road paving. The tax would last five years and would not take effect until April 1, 2018. It is estimated TSPLOST will generate about $3 million a year for transportation projects in Walker County and its five cities.
There are 34,785 registered voters in Walker County.