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TSPLOST Fails in Fulton; Incumbents Take the Lead

Transportation tax, sheriff, tax commissioner were on county's ballot.

UPDATED, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 12:10 a.m.: 

The polls are now closed and we've updated Fulton County vote tallies.

Countywide, TSPLOST failed in a tight race in Fulton. As of 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, 52.5 percent voted against the 1 percent transportation sales tax and 47.5 percent for. The vote remained tight all evening.

Incumbent Sheriff Ted Jackson, who hails from Alpharetta, took the lead with 49.11 percent of the vote, while incumbent Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand was in the lead with about 70 percent of the vote. One of Ferdinand's challengers, Johns Creek resident John Jamont, trailed by a wide berth in that race with 15 percent of the vote. 

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Here are the unofficial results from Fulton County:

TSPLOST (Fulton County tally) - 100 percent reporting

YES 47.5 percent
NO 52.5 percent

Fulton County Board of Education, District 1 (includes Centennial High & Haynes Bridge Middle) - 100 percent reporting

ROBERT GOODMAN 45.13 percent
LINDA G. SCHULTZ (I) 54.76 percent

Tax Commissioner  - 100 percent reporting

ARTHUR FERDINAND (I) 70.54 percent
JOHN JAMONT 14.9 percent
RJ MORRIS 14.56 percent

Sheriff  - 100 percent reporting (runoff on Aug. 21)

FRANK L. BROWN 9.21 percent
CURTIS S. FARMER 3.39 percent
THEODORE JACKSON (I) 49.11 percent
RICHARD LANKFORD 33.6 percent
CHARLES SHELTON 4.7 percent

UPDATE, Tuesday, July 31, 3:30 p.m.: Poll workers at both  and in Johns Creek are reporting "steady" turnout, though they wouldn't comment on if it's TSPLOST drawing folks out. Likewise, a reader reported "brisk" voting at Barnwell Elementary.

Tuesday, July 31, 6 a.m.:

It's Election Day, and the fates of TSPLOST, along with Fulton County's sheriff and tax commissioner, are now in your hands.

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In the meantime, here's a rundown of what Fulton County voters will see on their ballots:

TSPLOST: To say that the 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it today. Proponents say there is no other way to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about congestion relief at all, among other things. 

: Five Democrats are seeking the Sheriff's office in Fulton County, with a retired chief of police, a sheriff's deputy, a retired sheriff and minister, and a sales professional all having qualified. Theodore "Ted" Jackson of Alpharetta is the incumbent.

: Anyone owning property thinks of the Tax Commissioner's office as they get their tax bill and pay their taxes. This year, Fulton voters choose between the incumbent and two challengers, all Democrats. And one of them, John Jamont, is from Johns Creek. He says he is in favor of open government, and wants to make the process for residents easy to understand.

: Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election this summer, but only one is in North Fulton. Linda G. Shultz, the incumbent in District 1, will face a challenge by Robert Goodman.

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