Today is the last day to vote early in the upcoming General Primary elections in Chattooga County.   There hasn’t been much interest in the races on the ballot this go-round, according to local election officials.

Despite some important state-wide races on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, not many have turned out to vote early.  As of mid-afternoon on Thursday, only 489 people had voted early according to Chattooga County Registrar Elaine Pledger.  Pledger said that voters have until 5 PM today to come out and vote early.

In addition to the state-wide races on the partisan ballots, Republican Primary voters are choosing the candidate for the Menlo seat on the Chattooga County Board of Education.  That race is between Sammy Ballard and Andy Stivers.  The winner of that race will go on to face Democrat Eddie Massey in November who is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary.

There is also a non-partisan race between current Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Judge Ralph Van Pelt and challenger Melissa Hise.  That race will be determined next Tuesday by voters in Chattooga, Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties.

If you don’t make it out to vote early, you can vote on Election Day next Tuesday, May 22.  On Tuesday, you must vote in your local voting precinct.  Polls will be open between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Be sure to bring a picture ID when you go to vote.