Today is Election Day. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can cast ballots in party primaries, several nonpartisan races, an education SPLOST question and, in Sandy Springs, a City Council race.

Two state House of Representatives seats in local communities will be won in the Republican primary because there is no Democratic opponent. One is Dunwoody’s House District 79, where incumbent Tom Taylor faces a challenge from Tom Owens. The other is Buckhead and Sandy Springs’ House District 52, where Graham McDonald and Deborah Silcox are vying to replace retiring incumbent Joe Wilkinson.

In Sandy Springs, five candidates are running in a special election for the open District 3 City Council seat. The city is running the special election itself with separate ballots at a separate polling place. For more details on voting in the District 3 election, see this guide.

The Reporter Newspapers’ guide to key state races and the Sandy Springs City Council race—including candidate statements—is available here.

For more about the E-SPLOST renewals on the ballot in Atlanta and DeKalb and Fulton counties, see this overview.

If you aren’t sure about your voter registration status or polling place, see the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter” page here.

Reporter Newspapers will report on polling and election results throughout the day at, on Twitter at @Reporter_News and on Facebook at

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.