MILLEDGEVILLE — Just a smattering of electors cast ballots during the recent early voting period, as the fate of city races will be determined Tuesday evening.
Of the 7,617 registered voters within the City of Milledgeville, 386 voters cast their ballot in person during the two-week early voting period for the municipal general election.
“The early voting period went very smoothly. Friday was busier than any other day, even with the weather,” Chief Deputy Registrar Liz Rodgers said Monday afternoon. “Absentee ballots are still coming in, and we will continue processing them until the closing of the polls. I’m estimating around 250 absentee ballots received so far.”
Voters can head to their designated polling places to cast their ballot for their ideal candidates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
“We will use the basement of the [Baldwin County Courthouse] to tabulate because we have the equipment already there. Logistically it requires documentation to move the equipment, so it would be best practice for us to tabulate votes in the basement,” Rodgers said. “Tabulating is a three-part process. Memory cards come in from precincts and however long it takes them to get them here, we have to tabulate votes off the voting machines already located in the basement, and open envelopes for the absentee ballots received by mail, remove ballots and put them through an optical scan machine to be read.”
The ballot includes candidates for mayor, City Council and the Georgia Military College Board of Trustees.
City Council candidates include: District 1 - Dr. Collinda J. Lee (incumbent); District 2 - Jeanette Walden (incumbent); District 3 - Denese Shinholster (incumbent), challenger Phillip Smith; District 4 - Walter Reynolds; District 5 - Richard “Boo” Mullins (incumbent), challengers Pam Beer and Daniel McDonald; and District 6 - Steve Chambers (incumbent) and challenger Andrew Strickland.
Mayoral candidates include incumbent Richard Bentley and challenger John Grant Jr.