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Early voting underway for city election

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Voting is underway for the upcoming Nov. 2 City of Gray Election for those who choose the option of Early Voting or casting an absentee ballot.

Residents of Gray will select a Mayor Pro Tem, and they also have the opportunity to decide if package liquor sales will be allowed in the city limits.

Early voting started Oct. 12 at the Elections Office at the Jones County Government Center and ends Oct. 29. The hours to vote are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be two opportunities for Saturday voting, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23. The hours for Saturday voting are also 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots are available to be mailed from now until Oct. 22. Applications for absentee ballots are available online or by calling the elections office. Jones County Elections Superintendent Marion Hatton explained that the online absentee ballot applications have to be printed but can then be returned in person, by mail, fax or as an email attachment.

The incumbent Mayor Pro Tem James Collins is facing opposition in the race by Richard L. Tipton. None of the other elected officials in the city have opposition.

The question of alcohol sales has been debated for decades, and it will be decided during this election. The question on the ballot asks, “Shall the issuance of licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits in the City of Gray be permitted?”

Election Day is Nov. 2, and Election Day voting will take place at the W.E. Knox Civic Center only. The voting hours for Nov. 2 are the usual 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voting information can be accessed online at Georgia My Voter Page, mvp.sos.ga.gov. The number to call for any questions about the Nov. 2 election or to receive an application for an absentee ballot is 478-986-3222.