More than 18,000 county voters already have cast their vote in person, according to the Cherokee County Office of Elections and Voter Registration. About 13,000 of those voters participated in last week's Advanced Voting.
Janet Munda, the county's supervisor of elections, said she anticipates a 50 percent turnout, as voters are very interested in the governor's race.
Polls countywide will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For information on polling sites, ID or other voting-related issues, call the elections office at (770) 479-0407 or see the website at www.voter.cherokeega.com. Customized sample ballots are available through the website.
The race between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes for the governor's post is expected to be the biggest draw. Libertarian John Monds and write-in candidates David Byrne and Neal Horsely also are in the race.
Sen. Johnny Isakson will face off against Democrat Michael Thurmond, Libertarian Chuck Donovan and write-in candidates Raymond Beckwith, Brian Russell Brown and Steve Davis.
Voters will also choose a lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, insurance commissioner, agriculture commissioner, labor commissioner, public service commissioner, state supreme court justice and state appeals court judge.
Local Republican incumbents with Democratic challengers are: Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) versus Patrick Thompson of Woodstock and in the state House, Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) vs. Lillian Burnaman of Woodstock, Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) vs. Bill Brown of Woodstock and Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) vs. Stephanie Webb of Hickory Flat.
For the Cherokee County school board, Republican Rob Usher of Towne Lake and Democrat Alice Archey of Towne Lake are running for the Post 6 seat currently held by Debi Radcliff. Republican Michael Geist of southeast Cherokee and Democrat Tony Guice of Woodstock are vying for the Post 3 seat currently held by Dr. Gary Puckett.
Cherokee County State Court Judge Alan Jordan of Union Hill on Tuesday faces a challenge in his non-partisan race for re-election from county Magistrate Judge Joe Oczkowski of Woodstock.
The county government's SPLOST is up for renewal. The current 1 percent tax would be extended for six years beginning in July 2012.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), who represents all of Cherokee as well as portions of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb, is up for re-election, with a write-in challenge from Sean Greenberg of Canton.
There are five state amendments on the ballot including: allowing the state legislature to approve agreements that could encourage a monopoly; imposing a $10 trauma charge on certain passenger motor vehicle registrations; allow the Department of Transportation to enter into multi-year construction agreements without obligating present funds for the full cost; allowing the state government to enter into multi-year contracts with vendors who guarantee savings due to energy improvements; and allowing owners of industrial property to remove that zoning.
Also on the ballot is referendum question to exempt a business's inventory from state property tax.
Voters in the City of Holly Springs can vote in two municipal elections.
Councilwoman Dee Phillips is running for re-election with opposition from Kevin Epperson. Councilman Tommy Sanders is not seeking re-election, and his seat is up for grabs between Kyle Whitaker and Michael Zenchuk.