Friday is the last day to vote early before Tuesday's election

Muscogee residents planning to vote on a proposed 1 percent school sales tax have just one more day to do it early, else they'll have to wait until Tuesday.

Columbus' only early voting poll is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the City Services Center off Macon Road, Voters must show a government-issued photo ID to cast ballots.

Though the center's address is 3111 Citizens Way, visitors must enter through the rear of the building to be screened at a security checkpoint. They can access that entrance from the city parking garage that's off Midtown Drive near Rigdon Road.

As of 4:45 p.m. Thursday, 4,810 people had voted early in person, and the elections office had mailed out 550 hardcopy absentee ballots, said elections director Nancy Boren.

The Friday before an election is the last day to vote early. On Tuesday, 27 voting precincts will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and only one of those is changing this year: Residents who previously voted at the old Muscogee Elementary School at 3900 Baker Plaza Drive now will go to the National Infantry Museum off South Lumpkin Road at 1775 Legacy Way.

Registered voters unsure of their precinct location can check it online at the Georgia Secretary of State's "My Voter Page," www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

The school district wants a 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for 24 capital projects totaling $192,185,000, depending on how much money is collected in five years. Included in the list of proposed projects is a new Spencer High School, expected to cost around $56 million.

The school district's previous SPLOST expired Dec. 31, dropping Columbus' overall sales tax from 8 percent to 7.