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Few vote early for election
Elections official predicts 20-25 percent turnout

COVINGTON - Early and absentee voting for Tuesday's municipal election has been light, according to election officials.

As of Friday, the last day for early and in-person absentee voting, 138 advanced and absentee votes had been cast in the Covington Municipal Election, according to Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison.

There are 6,415 registered voters in the city - 5,290 active and 1,125 inactive. Morrison is predicting a turnout of between 20 and 25 percent on Tuesday.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Covington City Hall, located at 2194 Emory St. Election results will be posted at the Board of Elections, located in the new Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St., Suite 103.

There are three contested races on the Covington ballot.

City councilman Roger Tingler will square off against businesswoman Kim Carter in the mayor's race.

The race for Council Post 2, East Ward, has two experienced candidates in incumbent Mike Whatley and former councilman Bobby Sigman.

Meanwhile, two newcomers are vying for the Council Post 3, East Ward seat, with former Oxford Police Chief Keith Dalton facing Ernie Smith, an employee in Newton County's Geographic Information Systems Department.

Incumbent Janet Goodman is running unopposed in the race for Council Post 1, West Ward.

Oxford

As of Friday morning, 12 people had cast advanced or absentee ballots in the Oxford Municipal Election, according to City Clerk Carol Poole.

The city has 918 registered voters - 781 active and 137 inactive - Poole said, adding that she wasn't making turnout predictions.

"Usually, when we have a mayoral race we have a higher turnout, but because the mayor is unopposed, I don't know," she said.

Jerry Roseberry is the sole candidate in the mayoral race.

Voters will have their choice of three candidates in the Council Post No. 1 seat. Incumbent Amma L. Goss Gaither is up against Frank J. Davis and Kelly H. Ellis Sr.

Incumbent Hoyt Oliver is hoping to defend his seat against Toby C. Malcolm in the Council Post No. 3 race.

Incumbent George R. Holt is running unopposed for the Council Post No. 2 seat.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Oxford Community Center, located at 810 Whatcoat St.

Porterdale

As of Friday morning, only two Porterdale residents had taken advantage of early and absentee voting, according to City Clerk Shari Stevenson.

Stevenson said she couldn't predict how many of the city's 718 registered voters, of which 620 are active, would turn out to elect a mayor and two council members.

The mayor's race pits incumbent Bobby Hamby against James Himes.

Incumbent Robert Foxworth faces Andy Grimes in the race for Council Post No. 1.

Linda Finger faces Jack Kottl in the Council Post No. 2 race.

Porterdale voters will also decide whether to permit Sunday by-the-drink alcohol sales.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Porterdale Fire Department, located at 2 Main St.

Mansfield

All races in the Mansfield Municipal Election are unopposed.

Candidates are William Cocchi for mayor, Orville McGunigal for Council Post No. 1; and Helen Robertson for Council Post No. 2.

Voting will take place at Mansfield City Hall, located at 3146 South Ga. Highway 11.

Voters are required to show one of the six forms of photo identification at the polls. Acceptable forms of identification include a Georgia driver's license; any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by the county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services ; a valid U.S. passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.