Polls close in Mableton, Clayton County special elections

Election season just never seems to end in metro Atlanta.
Voters choose new leader
Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 8:33 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2023 at 7:00 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Several special elections took place March 21 throughout metro Atlanta.


The new city of Mableton elected its first slate of constitutional officers: a mayor and six city council members. Voters approved a split from Cobb County in the November 2022 election, wanting more autonomy over zoning and development in the Mableton area.

But since becoming a new city, candidates for leadership roles have dropped out or become embroiled in controversy.

Many voters had already participated in advance voting, particularly in Clayton County where citizens are choosing a new sheriff.

Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was sentenced last week to 18 months in federal prison, followed by six years of supervised release for violating the civil rights of six detainees at the Clayton County jail by ordering them strapped into restraint chairs for hours at a time.

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Also in Clayton County, a special election is being held to replace state Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) who resigned earlier this year. A SPLOST referendum for schools is also on Clayton County voters’ ballots.

The city of Jonesboro itself is holding an election for mayor. Voters must go to the new Jonesboro City Center to cast a ballot in that race.

A SPLOST referendum also is set to be decided by Fayette County voters, while a district 2 commission special election is being held in Clarke County.

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