As is usually the case at the annual spring Republican BBQ at the farm of Republican Party chairman Roy Roberts, a large crowd turned up Monday for a fall event, this one billed as a Rally for the next Georgia Governor. On hand to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp was outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal as well as other candidates facing Democratic opponents in this election. Other Republican guests expected to be in attendance include Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and Attorney Chris Carr as well as Republican candidates Geoff Duncan (for Lt. Governor), Brad Raffensperger (for Secretary of State) and Jim Beck (for Insurance Commissioner).
In an important Midterm Election year, and in the middle of several close elections, it is not surprising that this is the hottest ticket in town this week. A sea of campaign signs lined the streets leading up to the farm. Kemp is facing off against Democratic challenger Stacy Abrams, who was in town last week to rally her supporters, which numbered a lot fewer in heavily Republican Walton County. Independent candidate Ted Metz is running a distant third in the polls. Evidence of the importance of these midterms is a report by WSBTV that both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama will be in Georgia before the Nov. 6 Election to campaign for their respective candidates. Trump is reported to be at a Kemp rally in Macon on Sunday and Obama is expected to be at an Abrams rally at the Forbes Arena on the Morehouse College campus on Friday.
Early voting in Georgia began on Oct. 15, and ends of Friday, Nov. 2. Early voting until then will take place during business hours at the Walton County Board of Elections, 303 S. Hammond Drive, Suite 11, Monroe, GA 30655. The office will be open for voting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you decide to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6, you will no longer vote at the elections office, but at your official precinct based on your address. Click or tap on this link to find out where your voting precinct is located.
You also can request an absentee ballot mailed to your address to either mail back in before the election date or for you to drop off at the Walton County Board of Elections. Click or tap on this link to request a sample ballot.
Click or tap on this link for a sample ballot on what you will find when you go to cast your ballot. As well as the national, state and county posts on the ballot, there also are constitutional amendments and statewide referenda to consider as well as a 1 percent Walton County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to consider. The sample ballot lists the special projects to be funded in Walton County should the SPLOST be approved.