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Early voting underway for primary

Steps taken for social distancing in elections office

• See full sample ballots in the B Section of this paper. 




A steady stream of voters came through the Pickens County Office of Elections & Registration Monday, May 18, the first day of early voting in the primary. In addition to national and state elections that appear on both party ballots, including the presidential preference primary, there are numerous local races on the Republican primary ballot. 

Early voting will run through June 5, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Saturday voting day May 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All early voting will be held at the elections office. 

Election supervisor Julianne Roberts said to comply with social distancing guidelines they are allowing four voters in the 1,050 sq. ft. building at a time – two machines are one side of the main room and two are on the other. They are also giving voters styluses to use on the touch screens, and sanitizing both the styluses and voter cards after each use. 

Read more: Early voting underway for primary 

School employee tests positive for COVID-19



     PRESS RELEASE PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM - Pickens County School District was notified today that an employee of the district received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19. The employee participated in a voluntary testing opportunity at a drive-thru testing site last week even though they had no symptoms at the time of the test nor do they have any symptoms currently.

Read more: School employee tests positive for COVID-19

Breastfeeding advocates will get another chance to make case against Raffensperger, and other opinions from Supreme Court




Under an opinion today by the Supreme Court of Georgia, a group of Certified Lactation Counselors, who sued Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, will get another chance to make the case for why their lawsuit should go forward. 

With today’s decision, written by Justice Michael P. Boggs, the high court finds that the Fulton County Superior Court erred in dismissing the plaintiffs’ challenge of a state law as unconstitutional, which they argued would put hundreds of lactation care providers out of work and “drastically reduce access to breastfeeding care and advice, particularly in rural Georgia.”

Read more: Breastfeeding advocates will get another chance to make case against Raffensperger, and other...