News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 2, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Election Day is next Tuesday, November 6th. News 12 is on your side with what you need to know before heading to the polls.
Kiera Randall says word of November 6th's Augusta Commission election comes as a surprise. "I've only voted one time, for the president, so I have not really voted any since then, so I don't know who to vote for."
And Kiera is not alone. Election officials say it's an all too common response. Lynn Bailey with the Richmond County Board of Elections says, "For most voters they'll be coming to the polls to vote for one race...their one commission race. It's just not enough."
The expected turnout is about 13,000 people. Bailey says, "By nobody's standard is that a good turnout. So we're hoping to see more people have an opportunity to vote in this race."
The plan is to put commission candidates on the same ballots with the governor and presidential races beginning in 2010. That is a savings to you of up to $150,000 dollars.
"You basically are having this election at zero cost. It's just one more office on the ballot," says Bailey.
If you would like to know what district you live in or where to vote, click here. Don't forget your photo I.D. when you head out to the polls.
Bailey says, "There is a ballot there for you whether you show up or not, and as a taxpayer you are paying to put this election, on so you do have a vested interest in all kinds of ways," Bailey says.
"It'll be my first time voting!!" says Jamie Love. "I'm happy that my opinion is going to count in something in this town."
Remember, Districts 1 and 5 are not voting next week. There are no candidates in those districts.
The race is also on in South Carolina for State Senate District 25 between Republican Shane Massey and Democrat Bill Clyburn. And in the city of Aiken, Mayor Fred Cavanaugh is up for re-election.