MOULTRIE — Voters will go to the polls today, the final day of the general primary election, to determine who the nominees will be for Democrat and Republican candidates in November’s general election and to vote on the continuance of a county 1-cent sales tax for six more years.

Voters in District 3 must vote on the Republican ballot to participate in the decision for county commissioner of that district. There are 2,254 active registered voters in that district.

Running for District 3 are candidates Terry Clark, Michael Morton and Lavon Stripling. The race has no incumbent. Clark raised the most money for his campaign. Of the $5,425 raised, local agribusinessman Kenny Bennett contributed $1,000; Cepcot Farms, based out of Clearwater, Fla., donated $1,000; and the candidate’s parents, Johnie and Vera Clark, donated $500, campaign disclosure reports said. The remainder was a total of smaller contributions, less than $101 each.

Morton reported no money raised during his campaign but reported spending $491 on his campaign as of June 30. Stripling contributed $3,000 to his own campaign and reported no other contributions.

The other local contest is on the Democrat ticket. Incumbent County Chairman Max Hancock faces political newcomer Gene Rabenstein. Hancock contributed $144 to his campaign, the qualifying application fee for the election.

Rabenstein raised $550 in support less than $101 per contribution, election records said. In larger contributions, independent insurance agent Ed Statom contributed $144, the amount of the candidate’s qualifying fee.

Elections Superintendent Wes Lewis will open the county commission’s meeting room on the second floor of the courthouse annex tonight to the public curious to learn precinct tallies as they come in.

Voters need not worry about having photo identification at Tuesday’s polls. One of the standard 17 forms of identification, including non-photo IDs, will do, Colquitt County Registrar Paula McCullogh said.

“They’ll let us know when they’ll have to accept them, but they can still get one,” McCullogh said.

Voter identification is issued at the Registrar’s Office at the courthouse annex. The machines are ready and waiting, she said, and right now it remains unclear whether voters need a photo ID for the general election in November.





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