The polls are going to open up for a week over in Rockmart at the Nathan Dean Community Center as voters are being asked to come back and make a final decision about who will be Mayor of the city over the next four years.

Rockmart voters had a choice between three candidates, and since incumbent Mayor Sherman Ross and challenger James Payne ended the night of Nov. 7 with the most votes out of the group, they’re on the ballot for the coming December run-off vote.

Cooley Austin, who was also seeking the office, ended in third place.

Ross, elected in 2019 after he also served as a council member, is seeking a second term in office while Payne, a former council member, looks to get back into city service with four years in the seat.

Voters can begin heading to the polls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 27 through Thursday, November 30 and extended hours on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be offered in the week ahead of the run-0ff.

The lone polling place in Rockmart will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 for the run-off vote.

Any voter who lives within the city limits can participate by casting a ballot in the upcoming election.

Only 685 voters participated from the Rockmart precinct in the previous vote that ended earlier this month, just over 10% of the eligible residents who can cast a ballot.

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