Election Day Tomorrow: What You Need To Know

Habersham Co. - Tomorrow, Nov. 5, Habersham County voters will be able to hit the polls and voice their opinions on a few key issues. 


The major points that will be on the election ballot include the nearly $32 million jail bond referendum. Members of Habersham County City Council, along with Sheriff Joey Terrell has made numerous appearances throughout the county to educate Habersham residents on the bond. “The annual cost to service the jail bond debt is approximately $1,780,900 annually which is a 1.38 millage rate. The approximate cost of this increase on the average home in Habersham County is $71,” according to the county website. At the first town hall meeting, it was said that this would break down to $5.92 per month per home. Many homeowners still see this as too much. Congressman Doug Collins even made a visit to the jail and said, “It has to get fixed.”

A video has been produced by Larry Snyder to show the citizens the current and deteriorating state of the Detention Center.


Clarkesville Mayor Barrie Aycock also wants to remind voters to vote yes if they support the new Sunday brunch ordinance that will allow restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages beginning at 11 a.m. She tells WCHM that “the wording on the ballot may be confusing but vote yes if you would like restaurants to be able to serve you mimosas or a bloody mary beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays.”


The county held a political forum to let the five candidates running for the vacant County Commissioner seat have a chance to answer questions from the public. The candidates running are George Locke Arnold, Michael D. Gosnell, Darrin Johnston, Tim Stamey, and Barry Trotter. For Demorest City Council, the three candidates in the running are John Hendrix, Jerry Mobley, and Nathan Wile Davis. For the vacant Cornelia Commission seat, Wesley Dodd Jr. and Mark Reed are running against one another.


Baldwin voted to pay to have their precinct open for voters. Mayor Joe Elam tells WCHM that he believes this would increase the turnout of voters. 

Election Day voting will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the precincts listed below:

Habersham North Precinct (City of Clarkesville Precinct)

Ruby Fulbright Aquatic Center

120 Paul Franklin Road, Toccoa Hwy

Clarkesville, GA 30523 

Demorest Precinct (City of Demorest Precinct)

Demorest Fire Department

125 Ivy Street (meeting room)

Demorest, GA 30535

City of Baldwin (CITY VOTERS ONLY)

City Hall: Old Habersham Bank

186 Highway 441 By-Pass

Baldwin, GA 30511

Habersham South Precinct (City of Cornelia Precinct)

First Baptist Church of Cornelia

325 Oak Street (banquet hall/gym)

Cornelia, GA 30531

Mud Creek Precinct (Town of Alto Precinct)

B.C. Grant Baptist Church

1405 B.C. Grant Road (fellowship hall)

Alto, GA 30510

Town of Mount Airy (CITY VOTERS ONLY)

City Hall: Old Schoolhouse

1231 Dicks Hill Parkway

Mount Airy, GA 30563

Amy's Creek Precinct

Amy's Creek Fire Department

6357 State Hwy 17

Clarkesville, GA 30523


For any questions or additional information regarding voting, or to see if you are eligible to vote in the Nov. 5 elections, call 706.839.0170 or visit the Habersham County website.

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