Election Day is finally here. Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. If you didn’t cast a ballot early, you can tap or click on this link and put in your address to find out where your voting precinct is. According to election officials, 18,190 people cast ballots in person in early voting in Walton County. Mail in ballot numbers were not yet available. All indications are for a large turnout. At the Bay Creek fire station polling locations, people were lined up early to vote.
Many of the seats, especially in the local area, are not contested. Tap or click on this link for the sample ballot, which gives you all the information you will encounter in the voting booth.
President of the United States
- Donald J. Trump – President, Michael R. Pence – Vice President (Republican)
- Hillary Clinton – President, Tim Kaine – Vice President (Democrat)
- Gary Johnson – President, Bill Weld – Vice President (Libertarian)
United States Senate
- Johnny Isakson (I) (Republican)
- Jim Barksdale (Democrat)
- Allen Buckley (Libertarian)
Public Service Commissioner
- Tim Echols (I) Republican
- Eric Hoskins (Libertarian)
Walton County Commissioner District 6 – Click or tap on this link for more information of both of these candidates
- Lidia Garrett (Democrat)
- Kirklyn L. Dixon (I) (Independent)
Walton County Board of Education District 6 – Click or tap on this link for more information on both of these candidates
- Gwen Cantrell (I) (Republican)
- Marlena M. Wald (Democrat)
City of Good Hope City Council Post 1
- Keith A Prather
- Billy T. Studdard
Although there is no name on the ballot running against Sheriff Joe Chapman who beat Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass in the Republican Primary, former Social Circle police officer Mike Sledge qualified as a write-in and has been actively campaigning. Sledge said he was given incorrect information about the number of signatures he needed on a petition and therefore failed to qualify as an Independent on July 1.
There also are four Constitutional Amendments to consider on the ballot that ask for a straight yes or no answer. These are:
1. Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement. Senate Resolution No. 287 Act No. 309 Ga. L. 2015, p. 1498
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?”
2. Authorizes penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services. Senate Resolution No. 7 Act No. 306 Ga. L. 2015, p. 1497
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional penalties for criminal cases in which a person is adjudged guilty of keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, pandering, pandering by compulsion, solicitation of sodomy, masturbation for hire, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, or sexual exploitation of children and to allow assessments on adult entertainment establishments to fund the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative and social services for individuals in this state who have been or may be sexually exploited?”
3. Reforms and re-establishes the Judicial Qualifications Commission and provides for its composition, governance, and powers. House Resolution No. 1113 Act No. 537 Ga. L. 2016, p. 896
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to abolish the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission; require the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, with such commission having the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges; require the Judicial Qualifications Commission to have procedures that provide for due process of law and review by the Supreme Court of its advisory opinions; and allow the Judicial Qualifications Commission to be open to the public in some manner?”
4. Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety. Senate Resolution No. 558, Act No. 530, Ga. L. 2016, p. 895.
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighting equipping and training, and local public safety purposes?”