LIVE Blog: Election Day 2011

Polling places are scheduled to be open until 7 p.m. Patch will bring you updates until the final ballot is counted.

When you turn on CNN or Fox News, you only hear about national politics and the 2012 race for the White House.

In case you haven't been paying attention, today's election is strictly local. No Herman Cain. Residents will be voting for folks who live in Decatur or Avondale Estates and in referendums that directly affect your community.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you aren't sure about the location of your poll, check out the Secretary of State webpage to find out.

This is how the races and referendums break down.

  • Voters in both Decatur and Avondale Estates will decide if they want Sunday sales of alcohol on a retail basis. If the referendums pass, the city commissions must vote to approve Sunday sales. You can currently buy alcohol in bars and restaurants on Sunday.

  • Voters in Decatur, Avondale and also unincorporated DeKalb County will be asked again to vote for a 1 percent sales tax to support capital projects for the public schools. This would be the fourth installment of the special local option sales tax, aka SPLOST, for education.

Decatur School Board

  • District 1, Post B: vs. . John Ahmann, who was first elected in 2004, is not running again.
  • District 2, Post B: Incumbent Julie Rhame is unopposed.

Decatur City Commission

  • District 1, Post B: Incumbent Bill Floyd is unopposed. He's the mayor.
  • District 2, Post B: Incumbent Kecia Cunningham is unopposed.
  • At large: Incumbent Jim Baskett is unopposed.

Avondale Estates City Commission:

  • Mayor: Incumbent vs. City Commissioner . Both men first took office four years ago. Milliron is the mayor pro tem.
  • Two city commission seats: . Incumbent City Commissioner Michael Payne is not seeing re-election and Milliron is running for mayor.


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