Update, 9 p.m. p.m.:
The results are all in for the seven precincts in Polk County, and the voters have made their choices clear: they want the E-SPLOST, they've chosen three candidates to serve on the Cedartown City Commission, and want a run-off to decide who should be the next school board member for District 6 in Rockmart.
Final results were tallied by the Board of Elections, and though not yet certified by the Secretary of State's office, are as follows:
Cedartown City Commission
Incumbent Commissioners Matt Foster and Jordan Hubbard are both keeping their seats through the next four years after they secured the top two spots in voting for the Cedartown board with 31.04 percent and 29.56 percent of the vote respectively. Jessica Brewster Payton followed close behind to secure the seat being left open by retiring Commissioner Larry Odom with 28.16 percent of the vote. Longtime candidate Patrick McNally garnered only 11.10 percent of the vote in this election.
Here's the breakdown of the race:
Matt Foster (I) - 442 - 31.04 percent
Jordan Hubbard (I) - 421 - 29.56 percent
Jessica Brewster Payton - 401 - 28.16 percent
Patrick McNally - 158 - 11.10 percent
Total votes: 1,424
Rockmart's Board of Education race headed to a run-off
A date will be available on Wednesday to determine the run-off vote for the Special Election to the Board of Education's District 6 seat, with none of the three candidates securing enough votes to take over the position during today's election. Interim school board member Judy Wiggins and Chris Culver were the top two candidates in the race, securing 42.31 and 38.89 percent of the vote respectively, with Carolyn Williams garnering 18.70 percent of the vote.
The Board of Elections will likely hold the race in mid-December, ahead of the start of the new year when winners will be sworn-in for their seats for the start of the 2018 calendar year.
Here's a breakdown of the race:
Judy Wiggins - 229- 42.31 percent
Chris Culver - 210 - 38.89 percent
Carolyn Williams - 101 - 18.70 percent
Total votes: 540
Voters approve E-SPLOST
A clear choice was made by voters across the county to allow the school board to continue their building and maintenance program's funding through use of an Education-only Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax fund (E-SPLOST.) In fact, voters overwhelmingly decided more than 2-to-1 to allow a penny to be drawn off of purchases in Polk County through 2026.
The project list includes a second round of construction at Cedartown and Rockmart High School, repairs at all of the schools of heating and air conditioning, updates to athletic facilities and more.
The tallies ended with 2,032 people voting to decide on the sales tax's extension, with 1,421 voters (69.93 percent) giving their approval and 611 voters (30.07 percent) saying no.
Check back for more on the run-off and comments from candidates online Wednesday.
Previously posted, 8 p.m.:
The polls have been closed for an hour, and the first round of results are coming out from the Board of Elections office in Cedartown.
So far, with the Early voting results in, here are how the races are breaking down:
Cedartown City Commission
Matt Foster: 195
Jordan Hubbard: 188
Patrick McNally: 82
Jessica Brewster Payton: 178
Board of Education District 6 Special Election
Chris Culver: 74
Judy Wiggins: 82
Carolyn Williams: 32
E-SPLOST countywide vote
We'll have additional results as they are reported tonight. Check back for more in the coming hour.