Early voting on $60 million SPLOST starts Monday

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — The dust has barely settled following January’s special election in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race but Dawson County Republicans and Democrats will return to the polls starting Monday (Feb 22) to vote on a $60 million, 6-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Early voting will last until Friday, March 12. Local voters can vote early at the Dawson County Elections Office, 96 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The polls will be open on Election Day, March 16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost of the county’s list of proposed projects totals $45,320,000. Included on the list of major projects are: Road and culvert projects ($16.4 million); Construction of a new Emergency Operations Center and E911 communications system ($8.5 million): Fire station replacement ($3 million); Public works vehicles and equipment ($2.5 million); Construction of a new public health facility ($2.5 million) and ambulance replacement ($2.3 million).

The City of Dawsonville’s proposed list totals $6.18 million. Included are: Deep patch repair, milling and repaving of roads ($2 million),; Construction of tertiary waste water plant ($2.12 million) and Main Street Park Phases 3 and 4 ($605,000).

For more information about polling locations, how to request a ballot and to view a sample ballot, visit the “My Voter Page” at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp or call (706) 344-3640.


765 in-person ballots cast on first day of voting

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. – The county elections office reported today (Dec. 15) that 765 in-person votes were cast on the first day of advance voting in the General Election Runoff for state and federal offices.

Voters tend to turn out in lower numbers for runoff elections. By contrast, the November general election with President Donald Trump on the ballot attracted 930 voters on the first day of advance voting.

“It was a pretty heavy first day for a runoff,” said Brittany Payne in the elections office.

The Senate races between incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Democrat Rev. Ralph Warnock and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Jon Ossoff have major national as well as statewide importance. Republicans must win at least one of the races to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Just how important the races are can be gauged by the amount of money, particularly outside-the-state-money, the candidates have collected. One recent report shows that the four candidates have spent in excess of $400 million on advertising so far. Estimates indicate more than 90 percent of the donations have come from outside Georgia.

Advance voting will continue for three weeks. Election Day is Jan. 5 when all precincts will be open from 7a.m. until 7 p.m.



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