Early voting is underway in Polk County ahead of the coming Nov. 8 election, and thus far nearly 1,000 people have taken part by heading to the polls or turning in paper ballots. 

Polk County Elections Director Karen Garmon said voting has thus far been steady. 

"There's been some lines, but people aren't having to wait long," she said. 

Voters can head to the polls at Rockmart's Nathan Dean Center or at the Board of Elections office in Cedartown. They can also request a paper ballot in person at the offices, located at 144 West Ave. within the county administration building, or they can call the elections office at 770-749-2103 to request to vote by mail. 

This year's election locally features one countywide contested race for the Probate Court between incumbent Judge Linda Smith and challenger Shannon McGee. The District 3 school board seat held by incumbent Scottie Worthington is also up on the ballot this year in a race between her and independent challenger James "J.P." Foster. 

Aragon residents are also voting in local races following a turbulent year for the city council. The mayor's race to replace Brenda Gazaway, who died in office in June, features Melisa Hughes, Garry Baldwin and Steve "Skip" Elders. A council race between Debora Pittman and Kelsey Collum is also on the ballot for the seat held by former councilman and acting mayor Curtis Burrus, who also died in office in August. 

A slate of uncontested races are also up locally, along with state house and senate candidates and the Congressional seat held by Tom Graves. 

The U.S. Senate race features Johnny Isakson and Jim Barksdale is also up for vote, along with the hottest topic in the fall campaign the race for President between Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and on the Georgia ballot, Gary Johnson and their running mates for vice president.