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Carolyn Cosby Turns In Petition Signatures

The local T.E.A. Party activist told Cherokee elections officials that she collected 7,750 petition signatures. The elections office will now work to verify those names.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
The woman on a campaign to collect enough signatures to be placed on the ballot as a candidate for Cherokee County Commission chair has turned in her petition with what appears to be enough names to achieve her goal. 

Interim Cherokee County Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil said Ball Ground resident Carolyn Cosby on Tuesday turned in her petition with 7,750 signatures. 

However, that doesn't mean Cosby will automatically be placed on the Nov. 4 general election ballot as an independent to challenge incumbent County Commission Chair Buzz Ahrens.

Stancil said the office will begin the process to verify every signature on the petition, a process she said should be completed by the end of the day on Aug. 1. 

Cosby recently qualified to run for the position, which required her to collect 5,982 signatures from registered voters living in Cherokee County.

Her quest, however, was met with criticism by residents who questioned the tactics utilized by her supporters in their efforts to gain petition signatures.

One resident has also filed an ethics complaint against Cosby, alleging she failed to register with the state agency two organizations she's created for political purposes.

Cosby was booted from the Canton Post Office after she was told it was illegal to collect signatures for a petition on United States Postal Service grounds, which forced her to move her campaign to the Tax Commissioner's Canton and Woodstock offices. 

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