SPLOST, Martin Elections Today in Stephens Co.

Stephens County voters are heading to the polls today.

It is Election Day and two elections highlight the ballot in Stephens County.

One is the SPLOST VI election.

If it is passed by county voters, SPLOST VI would continue the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for another six years starting next July after SPLOST V ends on June 30, 2014.

Stephens County and the municipalities of Toccoa, Martin, and Avalon would split an estimated $21-plus million over six years to spend on a host of projects if SPLOST VI is approved at the polls today.

Some of the projects are road improvements, new vehicles, and improvements for volunteer fire departments in the county; water and sewer improvements, road work, and improvements to the city pool in Toccoa; fire department equipment and water line work in Martin; and construction of a City Hall buliding in Avalon.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley reminded county voters on Monday that those voting in today’s SPLOST VI election that they will all vote at one location.

“We have consolidated all eight county-wide precincts into one,” said Kelley.  “That one precinct is at the SeniorCenter on Rose Lane.  If you go to vote in a county-wide election, you need to come to the SeniorCenter to vote.”

The other election taking place today is in Martin, where voters of that town will elect a mayor.

Incumbent Don Foster is running for another term against challenger Thomas Looney.

Kelley said voters in Martin will need to go to two different locations to vote in both elections.

“If you live in the city limits of Martin, you are going to vote at the Community Center for the Martin municipal election and then you are going to have to go the SeniorCenter if you want to vote in the SPLOST VI election,” said Kelley.

Polls at both the SeniorCenter and the MartinCommunity Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting for both the SPLOST VI and Martin mayoral elections started last month and ended back on Friday.

Kelley said it went well, with around 900 people voting early or via mail-in ballot.

“I am hoping for 16, 17 percent turnout,” said Kelley.

Voters will need a picture ID when heading to the polls.

Anyone with questions about voting today should call the Stephens County Registrar’s Office at 706-886-8954.

Also, stay tuned for election updates after the polls close this evening on AM 630 WNEG.