BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Early voting began on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and will continue for the next three weeks for the Blairsville Municipal Election for three city council seats.
Those who are registered and live within city limits can vote at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday until Friday, Nov 1.
The actual Election Day for the three city council members is Tuesday, Nov. 5 and will occur at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Earlier in the year, four candidates qualified to fill the three city council seats, incumbents Rhonda Mahan, Betty Easter, and Mary Ruth Cook, as well as newcomer Frank Pack.
Blairsville City Council elections are determined by plurality, so the top three vote-getters will earn the seats up in Nov. The terms up for elect will run from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2023.
If anyone has any questions about voting or the election process, please contact Elections Superintendent Kaye McCann at 706-745-2000.
Blairsville, Ga – Union and Towns County formed the Trusted Voices committee for assistance with the 2020 census.
With the 2020 Census rapidly approaching – April 1, 2020, Union, Towns, Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Young Harris partnered with the Patrick Malone to form the Trusted Voices committee to ensure maximum participation.
“We had a meeting six week ago with a lady from the Governor’s Office, Anna Miller,” said Mayor Jim Conley “Commissioner Paris put together an agreement with Mr. Patrick Malone who is here tonight that puts [Malone] in charge of the working end of the Census.”
In the 2010 report, Union recorded around 85 percent of the total population. Towns recorded 87 percent.
Malone hopes to increase Census participation in 2020. The organization serves to encourage individuals to answer the survey through door-to-door visits and community engagements. These efforts will gear up in the fall to promote awareness.
“The committee’s known as the Trusted Voices Campaign. The responsibilities are really minor. It’s just being aware what’s going on with the Census and make sure that we exceed last Census’ participation rate,” explained Malone.
Blairsville City Council appointed Councilman Mary Ruth Cook and Councilman Rhonda Mahan to serve on the Trusted Voices committee to represent Blairsville’s interest. They will have one meeting with Malone and then spread the word in the community.
The city paid Trusted Voices $500 to utilize the service. Hiawassee and Young Harris also paid $500, but Union and Towns are expected to cover the rest of the cost.