Opinion

November 5, 2013

Don’t forget it’s Election Day

If you haven’t been paying attention, you might not even know that today is Election Day.

Let’s hope the absence of a national or state election won’t keep voters at home in Dalton, Cohutta or Varnell, the only places that are holding elections in Whitfield and Murray counties.

The campaigning has been pretty quiet — and we could say friendly — as we didn’t notice any ads depicting an opposing candidate in a negative light.

For a recap, here’s what’s at stake in contested races:

• In Cohutta, voters will choose two new members of the town council.

• In Varnell, a new mayor and councilman will be named.

• In Dalton, there are two contested races, one for Dalton Board of Education and the other for City Council.

And remember, voters will need to show an accepted form of valid photo ID. These include a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card issued by a county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; a valid passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

Dalton voters will vote at their usual precinct. Voters in Varnell will vote in the gymnasium and in Cohutta at town hall.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No, you can’t vote for president, governor or even for a congressman today. This election may be even more important, because you have the chance to determine how your city, school board or town will be run for the next two to four years.

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