All polls in Columbus are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for education.
The SPLOST, if passed, would add 1 percent to Columbus’ sales tax. It 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 new 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 and cannot use a cell phone inside the precinct.
Voters had the option of casting ballots up to six weeks before today’s election. Almost 4 percent of the city’s active registered voters — 3,590 people — cast early ballots.
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Boren estimates a 10 percent turnout.
That compares with an 11.49 percent turnout — 9,915 — for the November 2007 special election, which would have given Columbus the power to create Tax Allocation Districts had it passed. It failed 51-49 percent.
In November 2003, 27.84 percent — 22,626 — turned out for an education SPLOST, which passed 50.61-49.39 percent and required a recount.