Smith, King and charter schools win in Coweta races

Election Day on Nov. 6 brought out a wealth of voters for the presidential race and for the two constitutional amendments on the ballots. Also featured were the contested races for the District 5 seat on the Coweta County Commission and the District 132 seat for the Georgia House.

In all, there were 55,774 ballots cast in the election. That number represents a voter turnout of 75.48 percent. Read More»

ESPLOST, Bacallao win the day in Fayette Co.

Voters extend $19M/year school tax, elect new school board member

Based on the lines for early voting, it’s no surprise that Fayette County managed a 78.8 percent turnout in the hotly contested presidential election this week.

Fayette County school board incumbent Terri Smith was defeated by Republican challenger and college professor Mary Kay Bacallao for the Post 2 seat on the board of education. Bacallao, a Republican, won more than 35,000 votes, giving her nearly 65 percent of the vote over Smith, a Democrat. Read More»

Tea Party forum hears ideas for helping schools weather financial storm

Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party representative Bob Ross complies a list of suggestions made by residents Oct. 30 on possible approaches to address the Fayette county School System’s financial issues that will require up to $20 million in cuts for the school year that begins in July. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a chance for Fayette County residents to offer suggestions on ways the Fayette County Board of Education might address the financial dilemma that will require up to $20 million in expense cuts or new revenues to balance the budget for the new school year that begins in July. Read More»

Smith wins reelection to Coweta County Commission

In Coweta County, voters returned incumbent Democrat Al Smith to the District 5 post on the County Commission.

Smith defeated Republican Hayden Marlowe to retain his seat.

Coweta reported a turnout of more than 75 percent, with 55,774 voters casting ballots.

Here are the numbers:

Coweta County Commission (District 5)

Al Smith (incumbent Democrat) – 4,126 (53.91%)

Hayden Marlowe (Rep) - 3,528 (46.09%)


Romney – 39,663 (71.40%)

Obama - 15,156 (27.30%)


Charter amendment

Yes – 35,399 (65.85%)

No – 18,360 (34.15%) Read More»

The early tale of the tape ... election results coming in

The early tale of the tape ... election results coming in

Elections workers sort through the printouts from each early voting machine, a process that started at 7 p.m. while they waited for all precincts to check in at the county elections office downtown. To check out the latest results visit http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/11-06-2012/local-election-results-her...

E-SPLOST leads in early voting count, Bacallao beating Smith

UPDATE 8:24 p.m. — Fayette early vote ONLY:

E-SPLOST: Yes 17,204 (52.03%), No 15,859 (47.97%)

Bacallao 20,405 (63.99%), Smith 11,483 (36.01%)

Charter schools: Yes 20,433 (62.54%), No 12,241 (37.46%) Read More»

Local election results here tonight

UPDATE 9:40 p.m. — With all precincts reporting, the ESPLOST passed with 53.72 percent of the vote and Mary Kay Bacallao won the Post 2 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education with 64.81 percent.

Also, Fayetteville voters have approved the TAD referendum 2-to-1, according to the Fayette County Elections Office.

Here are the races and the questions (results currently are from early voting machines ONLY): Read More»

Waiting to be early

Waiting to be early

The last day of early voting Friday brought a long line at the Fayette County Commission meeting room in downtown Fayetteville, but the wait wasn't terribly long. There will be no early voting Monday and those who haven't voted must visit their precinct Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to cast their ballots. Weather forecasts call for a good chance for rain Tuesday morning, tapering off later in the day. We'll post election results as they come in Tuesday night at www.TheCitizen.com. Photo/John Munford.

Fayette hits ‘racial map’ drawn by NAACP

The latest dispute in the district voting lawsuit is whether or not a new county commission district map proposed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was drawn solely for racial reasons Read More»

One-third of Fayette has already voted

4th location opens for early voting

Aside from the questions on the Nov. 6 ballot, the other question is how many people will be left to vote on election day? As of Tuesday morning, more than 24,000 of Fayette County’s 82,000 eligible voters had already cast their ballots in early voting. When you add the more than 2,300 absentee ballots already returned, that’s nearly one-third of the entire Fayette voting pool. Read More»