By a margin of 57% to 43%, Elbert County voters gave the thumbs down to Ballot Question 1A, the so-called 51st state initiative.
Elizabeth School District officials are hoping voters support Ballot Issue 3B, a proposal to increase the district's debt in order to acquire needed equipment and repair school facilities.
On the job less than two months, both the county's new elections manager and clerk and recorder say they are prepared for this year's vote, which begins in earnest this week when ballots are mailed out.
In early September, county commissioners gave final approval to ballot language for a proposed property tax mill levy increase. But a month before Election Day, not many folks around the county seem to be aware of the proposed tax hike.