November 8 ElectionsThe City of Gainesville and Hall County governments will hold Special Elections on November 8, 2011. The City will address Council Member and Board of Education Member seats for Wards 2, 3 and 5. City voters will also address a referendum question regarding Sunday Alcohol Sales. All of Gainesville’s registered voters are eligible to vote for the Council Member seat and the referendum question. School board members are elected by ward.
The County will hold a special election to address the District 25 State House seat. Approximately 9% of Gainesville’s registered voters are eligible to vote for this position (1,049 voters) all of which live in Ward 4.
Advance voters will address both elections, if applicable, when they visit the Elections Office during the Advance Voting Period (October 18th to November 4th). Absentee voters will also address both elections, if warranted. Ward 4 voters who opt to vote on Election Day will be required to visit their City and County precincts to vote in both elections. Gainesville voters that report to Wilson I, Wilson II, or Oakwood III most likely are affected.
Interim Chief Registrar for Hall County, Charlotte Sosebee, said it’s pretty typical throughout the State for City and County elections to occur at the same time using both City and County precincts. “The timing of the vacancy caused the qualifying period to occur after the City’s ballots were printed. Qualifying was held by the Office of the Secretary of State,” Sosebee said.
Gainesville Elections Superintendent, Denise Jordan, recommends participating in the Advance Voting process to minimize confusion. “We know people are more likely to vote when it’s convenient. The Advance Voting period gives registered voters almost three weeks to cast their ballot and it can all be done in one location at the elections office at 2285 Brown’s Bridge Road,” Jordan said.
For more information call Denise Jordan at 770-535-6865 or Charlotte Sosebee at 770-531-6945.