Voters are still making their way to the polls in Polk County slower than expected for local races being decided (or continued) for the 2024 primaries.

As of the end of business on Monday, 1,160 voters had cast a ballot in person early at two of Polk County’s seven precincts. The Cedartown precinct had reported 634 votes, and 526 votes were recorded at the Rockmart precinct.

Figures for Tuesday were not yet posted as of the time of writing.

Three days remain as of the open of business on Monday for local voters to get their ballots cast and completed ahead of Primary Day next Tuesday, May 21.

Voters are being asked to cast a GOP primary ballot to determine several contested positions in Polk County and two school board seats in Rockmart districts.

Countywide, voters will be determining who moves forward (or decide for the next term) both the District 1 County Commission race and the District 3 Commission race. Incumbent (by appointment) Jordan Hubbard seeks to extend his time to a full term with opposition from Deborah Connelly, Michael Gravett and James Vines in the District 1 race.

In District 3, incumbent Ray Carter is looking for a new term in office against Butch Garrett and John Paschal.

Voters in Rockmart’s District 5 for the Board of Education are deciding between Greg Teems and Jeff Hawkins for the open seat, and District 6 voters in Rockmart are deciding between Christina Robinson and Paul “Drew” Williams Jr.

Another pair of countywide races being decided on this ballot instead of in November is the coroner’s race between incumbent Norman Smith and challenger Nathan Womack.

The seat for surveyor is open and being contested between Nick Rainey and Robert Cannon.

All the contested races this year are being decided locally on the GOP primary ballot.

Voters can still take the chance to cast a ballot through week’s end at the Cedartown precinct on Prior Street at the Goodyear Civic Center, or at the Rockmart precinct at the Nathan Dean Community Center on Goodyear Avenue.

Both are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for early voting through the week’s end.

Check back for additional updates about the upcoming races on Wednesday.

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