Rockmart is now up to 179 ballots cast, and additional updates are expected for Aragon and Cedartown later in the day as the vote continues for municipal elections in Polk County.
Elections Director Lee Ann George expects more tallies to be reported as the work day is coming to a close after 5 p.m.
Polls will remain open at the Aragon Community Center, the Nathan Dean Community Center in Rockmart and the log cabin at the Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Center until 7 p.m.
Those who want to participate in today's election must be a registered voter. Visit sos.ga.gov/myvoterpage to find out registration status within any of the three cities in Polk to learn about where to report to vote and eligibility to take part.
Posted at 2:30 p.m.
Municipal elections continue through the end of the day in Polk County, and tallies continue to grow at the trio of precincts open in Aragon, Rockmart and Cedartown.
According to Elections Director Lee Ann George, some 230 ballots were cast so far in today's vote. Specifically, that breaks down to 32 votes cast in Aragon, 81 in Cedartown and 117 in Rockmart as of 2:15 p.m.
Check back for updates throughout the day and for final tallies from each race later this evening.
It is finally Election Day in Polk County for the cities of Aragon, Cedartown and Rockmart.
Today’s the day that council members are decided, a special election for a commission seat and who will take over for Mayor Steve Miller.
So far, the turnout has been somewhat low. As of 10 a.m., Elections Director Lee Ann George reported only 54 ballots cast from the Rockmart precinct, and no others had yet reported. Additional updates on ballot tallies will be forthcoming.
Voters in the cities will have until 7 p.m. to cast ballots if they haven’t already in single races within each city, with other candidates on the ballot running without opposition within the cities as well.
Those who want to take part in city elections can report to three precincts — at the Bert Wood Youth and Athletic Center’s Log Cabin in Cedartown on Lynton Drive.
George said the decision to use the Log Cabin instead of the traditional location in the gymnasium was to keep the amount of space needed for the election to a minimum.
The Aragon Community Center across the street from Aragon Baptist Church on Elm Street will serve as the precinct for the city once again. Rockmart voters are heading to the Nathan Dean Community Center at 605 Goodyear Ave. to vote.
Early voting returns remained under 200 people by press time on Friday afternoon, Nov. 1 when the three-week period came to a close that began on October 15.
Voters are heading to the polls in Aragon to determine who will take up two of the four council seats in a four-way race in municipal elections. In the race is Council Member and local business owner Judd Fee seeking a new term in office this year, longtime Aragon resident and former council member from years past Buddy Tanner, former Aragon City employee and volunteer firefighter Mike Long Jr., and Aragon resident Gary Shindelbower.
In Rockmart, the decision is being made to determine who replaces Mayor Steve Miller after he concludes two terms in office and steps down as he promised to do when he first ran for the seat.
Former council member and businessman Sherman Ross is running for the seat against Mark Lumpkin, a two-plus decade veteran of the Polk School District as an educator and in recent years Central Office administrator, and co-owner of WZOT Radio.
In Cedartown, the special election to determine who fills the rest of the term previously held by Commissioner Jordan Hubbard is between Sam Branch and Randell Brazier.
Branch, a native of Cedartown who works at Suntrust Bank and Gammage Funeral Home, announced his intentions to run ahead of qualifying in past weeks. He also is a member of the Cedartown Civic Arts Commission, and is a member of the Exchange Club.
Brazier, former Code Enforcement Officer with the Polk County Police Department after a long career in public safety, seeks to extend his involvement in helping the community by seeking the seat as well.