Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) — The City of Atlanta and other municipalities will hold run-off elections today December 3. Many school boards, city councils, and mayors will still be decided.
The race for Board of Education seats is of great importance to the city of Atlanta, due in large part to the cheating scandal that has rocked the public school system in metro Atlanta. The Board of Education run-offs will help to establish four of the nine district representatives.
During the general elections held in early November, only an estimated 20 percent of registered voters cast ballots, making this years run-off contest extremely interesting. The run-off ballots are being utilized this year for a number of races due to no candidate having received more than 50 percent of the vote. Many winners could be decided by a small number of votes.
Polls opened at 7 am. In Eastpoint, Peachtree City and Stockbridge the mayor’s race is still undecided and there are council seats on the ballot in Alpharetta, Fairburn, Hapeville, John’s Creek, Sandy Springs, College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Union City and Lake City in Fulton County.
Voters also need to go to the polls to vote for various seats in Cobb, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Fayette and Henry Counties.And one Ga state house and Senate seat are also on the ballot today.
Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern) and Jean Ross