Election 2018: Polls in Roswell slow down after early morning rush

Two hours into voting, one Roswell poll had slowed down tremendously when 9 a.m. rolled around on Election Day.

At that time, there was just one person at the voting machines at Zion Missionary Baptist Church, just off Myrtle Street in Roswell.

Poll manager Veronica Hill, who’s been in charge of the precinct for the past four years, said that poll is typically a busy one, but “it comes in spurts.” Hill expected poll workers to get a rush around noon, then another at 4 p.m.

By 9 a.m., 59 people had cast their ballots at the Roswell poll. Hill said that they have had zero issues with the polling machines.

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One local race of note for Roswell voters is the Ga. House District 48 seat. Former longtime Roswell mayor Jere Wood is challenging incumbent Betty Price in the Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Mary Robichaux in the November general election.

Wood was waving his maroon campaign signs Tuesday in Roswell on Mimosa Blvd. He was Roswell's mayor from 1997 through 2017. A judge ruled that Wood couldn't run again for mayor in the 2017 election because he violated term limits the city had established.

Another Ga. House race for District 49 featured Krishan A. Bralley and Wesley Randall in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican incumbent Charles Martin in the runoff.

Marta Childress was compelled to vote Tuesday so she could have a say in the primary for the Georgia Governor’s race.

Childress, 54, is a big fan of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams.

“I just like her ideals and what she stands for as a Democrat,” Childress said. “She has a strong stance against guns, and I feel a bond with her on that.”

Childress is also an immigrant from Brazil and likes Abrams’ policy on immigration.

Abrams is facing Stacey Evans in the Democratic primary for the governor’s race. The winner will face whoever rises out of a crowded field on the Republican side.

Roswell voters will also weigh in on state senate races, as three Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge Republican incumbent John Albers in the general election for the District 56 seat. They are Jim Guess Jr., Ellyn Jeager and Patrick Thompson. Albers isn’t facing any competition in the GOP primary.

There’s also the U.S. Congressional 6th District race — which received national attention last year because of the expensive battle between Jon Ossoff and eventual winner Karen Handel. Four Democrats are trying to advance to the November election to face Handel, in an attempt to do what Ossoff couldn’t and “flip the 6th.” They are Kevin Abel, Steven Knight Griffin, Bobby Kaplen and Lucy McBath.

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The May 22 primary elections for the state legislature are more competitive than they've been in years.