Light turnout for early voting

COVINGTON — Early voting for Tuesday’s Municipal Election in Covington, Conyers and Mansfield and the Rockdale County E-SPLOST wrapped up Friday. Turnout was light, according to data from elections officials.

In Conyers, a total of 1,283 votes have been cast in the mayoral and E-SPLOST elections — 1,238 in person and 45 by mail, according to the Rockdale County Board of Elections.

Mayor Randy Mills is facing Kathy L. Harvey and Michael Thomas Zanetti in the Conyers mayor’s race. The elections superintendent ruled in September that another candidate, Olivia Ware, was not qualified to run based on discrepancies in her voter registration record and her residency within the city limits and that her name should be stricken from the ballot or a notice placed at polling places advertising her disqualification. Any votes for Ware will not be counted.

The 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum will be the only question on the ballot for voters in unincorporated Rockdale County.

The proposed $83.6 million E-SPLOST would fund a number of capital projects, including construction of replacement schools for Pine Street and J.H. House elementary schools.

Voting on Election Day inside the city will take place at the two city precincts: Pine Street Elementary School and Conyers First United Methodist Church. All 18 of the county’s precincts will be open for E-SPLOST balloting.

In Covington, 281 in-person ballots have been cast and 17 mail ballots returned in the Post 1, East Ward race between incumbent Chris Smith and Maurice Carter, according to the Newton County Board of Elections. There are 3,213 active voters in the East Ward.

On Election Day, voters should go to Covington City Hall at 2194 Emory St.

Elections Director Donna Morrison reminded voters that there is no countywide election this year.

“Also, if they have questions regarding a sample ballot, if they are registered, they should visit the state website at www.sos.state.ga.us and click on MVP. Also, if they voted during the early voting period in the past but not for this particular election, they need to go to the voting precinct at Covington City Hall and not my office on Tuesday, Election Day,” she said.

Morrison also stressed there is no early voting Monday.

The city of Mansfield reported 39 early voters as of Friday morning, out of 202 active registered voters, in an unusual race between two incumbents. Larry Cummins, who currently represents Post 5, is switching posts to run against Post 4 incumbent Lisa Dunn. Voting takes place Tuesday at Mansfield City Hall, located at 3146 Ga. Highway 11 South.

Polls are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.