Category Archives: Elections

Tuesday is Election Day in Decatur County

The special called election for the renewal of Decatur County’s ESPLOST is today until 7:00 p.m. The ESPLOST is an existing one penny sales tax that funds capital projects for the Decatur County School Systems such as the construction or remodel of school buildings, technology purchases, school buses and more.   “The EPLOST is very important to Decatur… Read More »

Advance Voting Begins for ESPLOST Renewal

PRESS RELEASE Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration 122 W. Water Street   P.O. Box 7428 Bainbridge, GA 39818 (229) 243-2087 Office   (229) 248-3743 Fax [email protected]   Advance voting begins Monday for ESPLOST renewal   Advance in-person voting for the Decatur County Board of Education’s called special election for its renewal of the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option… Read More »

Georgia Voters Turn Out In Record Numbers

ATLANTA, GA – In a historic election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced early Wednesday morning that Georgia set an all-time record in number of votes cast. With over 4 million votes counted, Georgia surpassed the 2008 record of 3.9 million votes. “After a year of liberal groups accusing me of voter suppression, Georgians were mobilized to go… Read More »

SWGA Election Results: Thomas County

According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, here are the election results for Thomas County in the November 8 General Election: President of the United States 19 of 20 Precincts Reporting Percent Votes DONALD J. TRUMP 59.89% 10,495 HILLARY CLINTON 38.20% 6,695 GARY JOHNSON 1.91% 335 United States Senator, Isakson 19 of 20 Precincts Reporting Percent Votes… Read More »

SWGA Election Results: Grady County

According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Website, here are the election results of note from Grady County in the November 8 General Election: President of the United States 13 of 13 Precincts Reporting Percent Votes DONALD J. TRUMP 65.82% 6,047 HILLARY CLINTON 32.71% 3,005 GARY JOHNSON 1.47% 135 United States Senator, Isakson 13 of 13 Precincts Reporting… Read More »


According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, all 9 precincts have reported in Decatur County for the November 8 General Election.  An impressive 74.69 % of registered voters in Decatur County turned out.  The results for the contested elections and constitutional amendments are: TAX COMMISSIONER: Oliver Sellers – 3569 Mark Harrell – 6258 US REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2:… Read More »

ELECTION: Civics 101 to Hold Town Hall Forum

The November General Election ballot will include four state constitutional amendments and a local organization is holding a town hall style forum to educate the public on the issues. Civics 101 is holding the meeting with local elected officials to answer the public’s questions about the proposed amendments.  The amendments are: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended… Read More »

NEWS: Advanced Voting Begins Monday

PRESS RELEASE Advance voting begins Monday with extended hours Monday, Oct. 17, is the beginning of advance voting for the General Election on Nov. 8. The Decatur County Board of Elections and Voter Registration extended the hours in order to make them more consistent and to better accommodate the anticipated increase in voter turnout. The hours for advance… Read More »

Vote Today! Runoff Election is Today

The runoff election between Heather Lanier and Ryan Cleveland for Superior Court Judge will be held today, Tuesday, July 26. All voting precincts in Decatur County will be open until 7:00 p.m. tonight with the Superior Court Judge the only race on the ballot. In the May general election, Ryan Cleveland received 4094 votes, Heather Lanier garnered 4061,… Read More »

Early Voting Begins Monday

ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgia voters that the polls open on Monday, May 2, 2016 for advance in-person voting leading up to the May 24 General Primary and Nonpartisan Election. Secretary Kemp encourages all voters to take advantage of Georgia’s advance voting period, which also includes absentee voting by mail, in these upcoming… Read More »

POLITICS: Qualified Candidates in Decatur County (Updated Wednesday afternoon)

As of Wednesday afternoon, here is the list of candidates that have qualified for local office in Decatur County: Non-partisan BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 1 BOUIE, KELVIN KEITH 663 E GRIFFIN AVE DECATUR ATTAPULGUS GA 39815-2423 PROBATE JUDGE PERRY, EDWIN JONATHAN 1407 LAKEWOOD DR DECATUR BAINBRIDGE GA 39819-5198 STATE COURT JUDGE KENDRICK, DAVID A 508 E SHOTWELL ST… Read More »

NEWS: Shooting in Albany, Lottery Winner, Candidates for Local Offices

Here’s your southwest Georgia area news for Wednesday, March 2, 2016: ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Shooting in Albany ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One man, two lottery tickets, $500,000 CAMILLA, GA (ALBANY HERALD) – Petition for a city council recall in Camilla BAINBRIDGE, GA (THOMASVILLE TIMES) – Bankston runs for Georgia Circuit Seat  MEIGS, GA (THOMASVILLE TIMES) – Meigs… Read More »

Smith Announces Candidacy For Magistrate Judge

Bainbridge attorney and current Chief Magistrate Judge Maggie Rentz Smith has announced plans to seek another term as Chief Magistrate. Judge Smith was appointed by Superior Court Judges A. Wallace Cato and J. Kevin Chason to fill the unexpired term of Chief Magistrate Ralph Smith, who retired in December. A native of Decatur County and graduate of Bainbridge… Read More »

Doug Griffin Running for Decatur County Commission Seat

James Douglas Griffin of Climax, has announced his intention to run for the District 2 Seat of the Decatur County Commission. PRESS RELEASE Doug Griffin Announces Candidacy for Decatur County 2nd District Commissioner I am announcing my candidacy for the 2nd District County Commissioner seat here in Decatur County, Georgia.  I’m asking for Decatur County residents and the… Read More »

Harrell Announces Run For Tax Commissioner

Mark Harrell, a lifelong resident of Decatur County, has announced his plans to run for Tax Commissioner in the upcoming election. Harrell has an extensive business background including banking, real estate, and varied business interests and experience. When asked about running for Tax Commissioner, Mark provided the following statement: My name is Mark Harrell, and I’m committed to making your voice… Read More »