May 17, 2021

Special Election Day in Heard County (March 16)

(Franklin, GA) — The polls are open from 7:00 AM thru 7:00 PM today at all six Heard County voting precincts for the March 16 Special Election.

Early voting ended Friday at the Heard County courthouse in Franklin.

Polling locations include Centralhatchee City Hall,  Fire Station #8 in Cooksville-Corinth, Fire Station #5 in Enon Grove, Ephesus Community Center, The Old Recreation Department Gym at 25 Glover Road in Franklin, and Fire Station #6 in Glenn/Southwest.

Heard County voters will be voting “yes” or “no” on a one percent sales tax (ESPLOST) to support education and the local school system.

Additionally voters in Franklin will be choosing from three candidates to fill the remaining term of Post 5 City Councilman Cliff Jiles who stepped down from the council late in 2020.

The sample ballot for the ESPLOST item reads:

“Shall a special one percent sales and use tax for educational purposes be imposed in Heard County for a period not to exceed twenty (20) calendar quarters and for the purpose of raising not more than $35,000,000 of net proceeds by said tax, which shall go to the School District for the purpose of (i) paying a portion of principal and interest due of outstanding Heard County Public Facilities Authority (GA) Revenue Bonds (Heard County School District Project), Series 2020 the maximum amount of total debt service to be paid shall not exceed $22,000,000; (ii) adding to, renovating, improving, equipping and furnishing existing school building and facilities, classrooms, agricultural facilities and other facilities; (iii) acquiring, constructing, equipping and furnishing new school buildings and facilities; (iv) purchasing school buses and other school vehicles; (v) acquiring technology equipment, computer hardware and software, safety and security equipment and other school equipment; (vi) acquiring textbooks and band instruments, and (vii) acquiring any capital property necessary or desirable for the foregoing purposes, both real and personal, the maximum amount to be applied to such projects not to exceed $35,000,000.”

The candidates as listed on the sample ballot are Robert “Robbie” Hilton, Robert “Bob” Krach, and Joey D. Senn.

For more information and to view the sample ballots click here to visit the Board of Elections & Registration.

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