SPLOST VI Passes, Foster Re-elected Martin Mayor

Stephens County voters say yes to SPLOST VI.

According to final unofficial results Tuesday night, 1001 voters cast ballots in favor of SPLOST VI, while 384 voted against the SPLOST.

That is almost a 3-to-1 margin in favor of SPLOST VI, which will continue the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax after the current SPLOST ends on June 30, 2014.

Meanwhile in Martin, incumbent Mayor Don Foster won re-election to another term.

He received 37 votes to challenger Thomas Looney’s 8 votes.  There was one write-in vote in Martin.

Martin council members Roger Looney and Sandi Stovall ran unopposed.

Also, Toccoa did not have a municipal election as Jeanette Jamieson and Evan Hellenga were unopposed in the two open seats on the Toccoa City Commission and all incumbents in Avalon were also unopposed.

Turnout was light for the election, with just over 11 percent of voters casting ballots.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said that there were no problems reported at the polls today.

“Everything went well,” said Kelley.  “We did not have enough turnout, but other than that, everything went well for a SPLOST election.”

This was the first time all of Stephens County voted at a single location for a county-wide election after the county consolidated its eight voting precincts into a single precinct, which is located at the Stephens County Senior Center.

Kelley said she was pleased with how things went at the Senior Center.

“Everybody that came in was very glad to be there,” said Kelley.  “I had no one complain about it and it worked very well.  We limited the number of poll workers that we had to have and everything went just as smooth as could be.  No problems at all.”

Municipal voting in Martin still took place at the Martin Community Center.

Kelley said the poll workers at both locations did a great job ensuring everything ran smoothly.

“I appreciate my poll workers so much because they are the ones that actually do the election,” said Kelley.  “I am just the one that supervises.  If we did not have them, we would not have an election.”

All election results are unofficial until they are certified, which will happen in the next few days.