Less than a week remains until Tuesday’s SPLOST election, with around 2,000 people having voted in advance.
Two sites are available for voters this week through Friday: the west wing of the Columbus Government Center, 100 10th St., from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
As of Wednesday afternoon, just more than 2,000 people had voted — about 600 of whom cast their ballots between Tuesday and Wednesday — said Nancy Boren, executive director of the Muscogee County elections office. That’s about 2 percent of the 98,000 registered voters in Columbus.
“I would consider it a light turnout, but a turnout that is very typical of a special election or a SPLOST question,” Boren said.
If approved by voters, the 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax would last five years or until the Muscogee County School District collects $223 million to complete a variety of capital projects. Projects include five new schools — a new Carver High, a middle school, two elementary schools and a fine arts academy — additions to Northside High and Richards Middle, and athletics and technology upgrades across the system.
Voters must show a valid photo ID to cast a ballot.
All 48 precincts will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.