Oconee County voters could go to bed Tuesday night having elected a new sheriff, a majority female Board of Commissioners and a new chairman, a Board of Education chairman who knows the schools but has never been on the Board itself, a tax commissioner with legal experience but no experience in the tax commissioner office, and a woman to represent part of the county in the General Assembly.
And they could have added an additional 1 percent sales tax to the 7 percent sales tax they already pay as part of a proposal to improve regional transportation, including interchanges on SR 316.
Between a third and a half of the likely voters already have cast their ballots, mostly in the Republican primary, where all the competition exists.
Those who haven’t certainly have motivation to turn out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday to bring about change, mitigate change, or prevent it.
Clearly Tuesday’s election has the potential to alter political life in Oconee County.
For a brief election summary before the final vote, go to Oconee County Observations.