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SPLOST voting!

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's time to cast your vote for Muscogee County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Polls opened Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock and stayed open until 7 p.m.

Many Muscogee County residents turned out to the polls to either support or oppose the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The Executive Director of Muscogee County's Elections, Nancy Boren told News Leader Nine, "We're looking at a ten percent turn-out of the 97,000 active voters that we have on our rolls in Muscogee County."

"Unfortunately there is usually a low turn-out when you have a one question ballot but I'm hoping people get out, vote, and I'm optimistic until the last vote is counted," added Muscogee County Superintendent Dr. Susan Andrews.

With advanced, absentee and mail-out ballots, early voting numbers are around 3,500.

Boren said, "Certainly that 3,500 number will affect the outcome of the election today based on what the total turn-out is at our precincts."

The one percent sales tax will support projects throughout the Muscogee County School District, and school officials are hoping for a positive answer from the community.

Dr. Andrews told News Leader Nine, "We hope we have made our case. That we have told people what the projects will be, why these projects are needed and that we've been clear and transparent in why we're asking for this tax."

School officials will be holding their breath for the outcome after the last vote is cast.

"At 7:00 I'm going to headquarters and I will be there until we know exactly what the vote is and hopefully we'll celebrate," said Andrews.          

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