Early Voting Begins on March 19 Bond Referendum

Registered voters who live within the five Jackson County Board of Education districts will decide the results of a special election on March 19.

The BOE is seeking authorization to issue General Obligation School Bonds for construction of a new westside high school and other projects throughout the district, including the planned renovation of East Jackson Middle School and work on the Empower College & Career Center.

Early voting for the special election opened Feb. 25 at the Ponchie Beck Election Center, 441 Gordon Street, Jefferson. Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, through March 15. There is no Saturday vote in this local election.

Other early voting locations, open only March 11-15 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., include the Braselton Police & Municipal Building, 5040 Highway 53; and the Commerce Parks & Recreation Building, 204 Carson Street.

On Tuesday, March 19, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the four designated polling places:

  • Central Jackson – Hope Crossing Church, 2106 Old Pendergrass Road, Jefferson
  • North Jackson – Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 190 Mt. Olive Church Road, Commerce
  • West Jackson – Northeast Church, 2001 Cherry Drive, Braselton
  • South Jackson – The Church at Southside, 8144 Jefferson Road, Athens


Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the referendum.

Click here for graphs of debt service and millage rate.

Click here for analysis of debt service and millage rate.

Click here for enrollment projections.

Click here for a copy of the sample ballot.

Click here for more information from the Jackson County Elections & Registration Office.