Tue., November 3, 2009 6:40am (EST)

Polls Open Across State
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia voters head to the polls today. (photo courtesy Steven V.)
Georgia voters head to the polls today. (photo courtesy Steven V.)
Voters across the state today will decide everything from local municipal elections to state Senate races.

On Georgia’s coast, the resignation of Eric Johnson in mid-September sparked the need for a special election to fill his state Senate District-1 seat. Johnson stepped-aside to focus on his run for Georgia governor, which will be decided next year. Two Republicans are aiming for Johnson’s seat: former state House member Buddy Carter, and Billy Hair, chairman of the Chatham County Commission for eight years.

In west Georgia, four candidates are lined-up trying to fill-out the remaining year of Vance Smith’s District-129 term. The former chair of the Transportation committee resigned a few months ago when he was tapped as new commissioner of the state’s DOT.

There will be an election to fill the state Senate seat of Kasim Reed in Douglas County on Tuesday. But Reed is in a different battle, one of the top-four candidates in the running for mayor of Atlanta. The hard-fought race shows councilwoman Mary Norwood leading several pre-election polls.

And in the wake of tragedy following the suicide of Donald Walker, the city of Warner Robins will elect a new mayor on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in Georgia, voters will cast ballots for numerous municipal races and local sales tax questions.

All Georgia voters must bring a form of photo ID to the polls to cast ballots. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm.