Election Day has arrived and here in Smyrna it’s your opportunity to vote for mayor, your ward’s council seat and whether you can have the opportunity to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays come January. Patch will be providing extensive Election Day coverage including up-to-the-minute results on Tuesday.
Some people have already expressed their freedom to vote as 710 of the 26,081 registered voters in Smyrna participated in early voting.
The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voting will take place at the following polling places:
SMYRNA 1A Argyle Elementary School, 2420 Spring Rd.
SMYRNA 2A Smyrna Fire Station No. 3, 2825 Park Rd.
SMYRNA 2B First Baptist Church of Smyrna, 1275 Church St.
SMYRNA 3A Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle
SMYRNA 4A Brown Elementary School, 3265 Brown Rd.
SMYRNA 5A Belmont Hills Elementary School, 605 Glendale Pl.
SMYRNA 6A Campbell Middle School, 3295 S. Atlanta Rd.
SMYRNA 7A Griffin Middle School, 4010 King Springs Rd.
SMYRNA 7B Smyrna Assembly of God, 4100 King Springs Rd.
Voters must bring an acceptable form of photo ID to vote. For each office, the person receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected. Where no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a runoff election will be held on Dec. 6. See here to learn where to vote.
At Monday night’s Smyrna City Council meeting, each of Smyrna’s elected officials, as well as a majority of the record 21 people who commented during the citizen input portion, encouraged citizens to make sure to vote.
Residents will also vote on whether they want the option to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays. The Smyrna City Council voted last spring to place the referendum on the ballot.
If the referendum passes, the law would go into effect on Jan.1. And while voters in Smyrna will decide Tuesday whether Sunday retail alcohol sales will be allowed in the Jonquil City, voters in unincorporated Cobb may get to make the same decision in March.
On the agenda of the Cobb Board of Commissioners Tuesday is a proposal to schedule a Sunday sales referendum on the same day as the March 6 primary elections.
Cobb voters will go to the polls that day to elect party nominees for national, state and local offices, including president, the Georgia legislature, Cobb commission and Cobb school board.
If the commission schedules a referendum Tuesday, and if it is approved by voters in March, Sunday sales would go into effect on June 1. Citizens could purchase alcohol at retail stores from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.
The commission meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the second-floor board meeting room at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta. Patch will be providing live coverage.
Commission chairman Tim Lee told The Marietta Daily Journal that he didn't need to wait for Tuesday's Cobb municipal results to place the Sunday sales measure on the agenda (attached PDF).
He said placing the Sunday sales referendum on the ballot with primary races would save the county $400,000.
- Patch Editor Wendy Parker contributed to this story.