City residents to vote in two locations Nov. 6

The Lafayette Educational Center (pictured) is one of the City of Fayetteville’s polling places. The Fayette County Public Library is the other.

The City of Fayetteville Special Election for Sunday Alcohol Sales will be held on November 6, 2018, in conjunction with this year’s General Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The Brunch Bill or “Mimosa Bill” as it is affectionately called, if passed, will allow restaurants in Fayetteville that serve alcohol to begin serving at 11 a.m. instead of 12:30 p.m. as it is now.

Any time there is a Municipal Special Election held during a regular General Election, there is always some confusion about where residents are supposed to vote on Election Day. Unfortunately, due to State laws the County Elections office cannot combine the Municipal and General Election ballots together, so most City residents have to go to two separate polling places in order to vote on each ballot. This is the case this year for the Brunch Bill.

The City of Fayetteville has two precincts. For Fayetteville residents, those that live north of Highway 54 vote at North Fayetteville #40A – Lafayette Educational Center (Old Fayette County High School), 205 Lafayette Dr., and those that live south of Highway 54 vote at South Fayetteville #40B – Fayette County Library, 1821 Heritage Pkwy.

During a General Election only (no Special Election), Fayetteville residents vote at a number of precincts throughout the city, including #40A and #40B. But for a Special Election, the Municipal ballot is only held at precincts #40A and #40B since they are the only official city polling places.

Because of this legality, city residents have to make two trips to polling places to vote.

An alternative to voting in two separate locations is to vote early. Fayette County offers three early voting locations for convenience: the Fayette County Elections Office, the Peachtree City Library, and Tyrone Town Hall. All locations will be open Monday through Friday, October 15 -26 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All three locations will be open on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. And all three locations will have extended hours – from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.

So, no matter what the voter’s opinion of the ballot question, it is imperative that the voter exercises his or her right to vote and takes the time to vote early or in both locations.

Fayetteville City residents may obtain further information, including polling locations and early voting times and locations, by visiting www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or by calling Fayette County Elections at (770) 305-5408.

Oct 17, 2018 11:24 am |