At least 136 advance voters on Wednesday: Day eight of advance voting was another busy one — 136 votes through 5 p.m.That boosts the Floyd County total to 840 votes since April 30. Please remember weekend voting this Saturday and Sunday at the elections office from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. Other counties will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Preliminary vote by party: Here’s a recent look at what who’s voting so far. More than two thirds have drawn Republican ballots, around 28 percent have asked for Democratic ballots and around 5 percent have used nonpartisan ballots (judicial races are nonpartisan).
What to know about week two of advance voting:
Advance voting is under way at the Floyd County Administration Building and at Garden Lakes Baptist Church, 2200 Redmond Circle NW and continues weekdays through Friday, May 18. The Rome Civic Center also opens to advance voters on Monday, May 14, through Friday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Weekend voting this Saturday, Sunday: The Floyd County elections office will offer Saturday and Sunday voting on May 12-13, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the elections office at 12 E. Fourth Ave. off First Street in downtown Rome.
- Election Day: The precincts will be open Tuesday, May 22, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
For more on the election, contact Green’s office at 706-291-5167.
Gordon County elections office: Gordon. Early Voting continues this week and will go through Friday, May 18. You may vote early at the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office on Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The General Primary will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd. For sample ballots and more information, please visit http://www.gordoncounty.org. Please contact our office for more information on Early Voting at (706) 629-7781.
Polk County elections office: Polk
Chattooga County elections office: Chattooga
2018 voting guide: What you need to know about advance voting, sample ballots and other updates. Primary
The Floyd County Republican Party will host an elections results viewing at Moe’s Original BBQ at Bridgepoint Plaza on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 6 p.m. It is open to all.
Deal signs bills sponsored by Dempsey: Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) announces Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed several key pieces of legislation she sponsored during the 2018 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. Says Dempsey: “Several of the bills I sponsored this session will help to support Georgia’s families and safeguard our state’s most vulnerable population – our children.”
- HB 906, authored by Dempsey, will prohibit current and former foster parents’ personal information from being disclosed to the public.
- HB 920, authored by Dempsey, will expand the Department of Human Services’ use of its records regarding adopted children, their biological parents and adoptive parents when such child dies, suffers a near fatality or is an alleged victim of child abuse.
- HB 740, authored by Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange) and signed by Dempsey, will prohibit schools from expelling or suspending students in public preschool through third grade for five or more days per school year without first providing the student with a multi-tiered system of supports, such as Response to Intervention, a preexisting program that identifies and addresses students’ academic and behavioral needs to help them succeed in the classroom.
- HB 831, authored by Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville) and signed by Rep. Dempsey, will establish the Employment First Georgia Council to advise the governor, the Georgia General Assembly and state agencies on how best to adopt and integrate policies that recognize that competitive integrated employment is the first and preferred option of all state funded services for working-age individuals with disabilities. Competitive integrated employment is work in a setting in which individuals with and without disabilities interact in all aspects of the job function and are compensated equally for the same or similar work. HB 831 was a product of the House Study Committee on Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which Rep. Dempsey chaired in 2015.
- SB 427, authored by State Senator John Kennedy (R-Macon) and sponsored by Dempsey in the House, will update Georgia’s child support laws to mirror federal regulatory changes that went into effect on Jan. 20, 2017.