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TSPLOST, sheriff, tax commissioner on the Tuesday, July 31, ballot.
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 4:24 p.m. - The voter turnout in Roswell has been low, but steady, say Fulton County election poll workers.
North River Baptist Church on Etris Road, which has a registered voter contingent of around 2,800, had only seen 176 voters by 1 p.m. Poll workers told Roswell Patch that, despite TSPLOST on the ballot, they only expected between 10 and 20 percent turnout. Primary elections are typically a much lower turnout than a general election, which should also be bolstered by the Presidential race on the ballot this November.
Fulton County Spokeswoman Alicia Phillips also told Patch the turnout throughout the county was "steady."
Roswell resident Katie Taylor said she was voting in today's primary because she felt that it was her "privilege" to do so.
"A lot of people died to give us this right, so it's a privilege" she said. "Especially for women, considering all we went through."
It's Election Day and the fates of TSPLOST, along with Fulton County's sheriff and tax commissioner, are now in your hands.
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In the meantime, here's a rundown of what Fulton County voters will see on their ballots:
TSPLOST: To say that the 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it today. Proponents say there is no other way to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about congestion relief at all, among other things.
Sheriff: Five Democrats are seeking the Sheriff's office in Fulton County, with a retired chief of police, a sheriff's deputy, a retired sheriff and minister, and a sales professional all having qualified. Theodore "Ted" Jackson of Alpharetta is the incumbent.
Tax Commissioner: Anyone owning property thinks of the Tax Commissioner's office as they get their tax bill and pay their taxes. This year, Fulton voters choose between the incumbent and two challengers, all Democrats. One of them, John Jamont, is from Johns Creek in North Fulton. He says he is in favor of open government and wants to make the process for residents easy to understand.
Fulton County School Board: Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election this summer, but only one is in North Fulton. Linda G. Shultz, the incumbent in District 1, will face a challenge by Robert Goodman.