Georgia special election results March 19, 2019

Results for Gwinnett County MARTA vote, Atlanta City Council, Clayton County e-SPLOST

March 21, 2019

Special elections were held on Tuesday, March 19 in Gwinnett County, Clayton County and parts of Atlanta, Hapeville and Cherokee County.

Residents of Gwinnett County rejected the first vote on expanding public transit in nearly 30 years Tuesday. The MARTA referendum failed by a 54-to-46 margin discarding the 1 percent sales tax to pay for the transit projects. Nearly 92-thousand votes were cast.  It is the third time in 50 years that the county has turned down the MARTA expansion. 

The 1 percent e-SPLOST, or Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, for Clayton County Schools was renewed. The current e-SPLOST was approved in 2013.

The race to replace Atlanta Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr remains unsettled. Byron Amos, former Atlanta school board member, led Tuesdays voting. Followed by Antonio Brown and Greg Clay. According to the Fulton County elections website, Amos received 358 votes, 23.41 percent of the ballots cast compared to Brown’s 295 votes (19.29 percent of the ballots cast). The winner of the runoff will fill the remainder of Young’s term through 2021.

Voters in Lawrenceville, Sugar Hill, and Snellville all adopted the Brunch Bill. The move now allows local restaurants to serve alcohol at 11a.m. on Sundays as opposed to 12:30p.m.

None of the four candidates seeking to replace Bob Kovacs as District 3 County Commissioner in Cherokee County reached more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday. The race is going to a runoff on April 16.

Incumbent Hapeville Alderman-at-Large Michael Rast retained his seat after defeating opponent Rod Mack.