Campaign watch: All eyes on Election Day, polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Statewide, 1 million more advance/mail-in votes this election vs. previous record (November 2014).

Campaign watch: All eyes on Election Day, polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Statewide, 1 million more advance/mail-in votes this election vs. previous record (November 2014).

VOTING HEADLINES

  • All eyes on Election Day. Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Northwest Georgia’s advance voting totals: 55,373. That includes Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga and Polk counties.
  • Record early midterm vote in Georgia: Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots in early voting, including 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail. That’s almost double the previous in-person early vote total record of 945,507 set in the Nov. 4, 2014 election. In fact, one million more people voted in person this year vs. four years ago.
  • Election Day weather could be an issue: Thunderstorms possible as next cold front arrives; rain chance currently 90 percent. Weather
  • Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday at Red Lobster with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the program at noon. This month’s speaker: Tina Bartleson, Executive Director, the Exchange Club Family Resource Center.
  • Floyd County Republican Party is hosting an election results watch party at Hawthorn Suites beginning at 6 p.m. The local GOP candidates will be on hand. Open to all; free food; cash bar. RSVP at 706-290-0233.
  • Nov. 15: League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd County meets from 6 until 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 101 E. Fourth Ave.

Final advance voting totals.

Floyd County

  • Votes: At least 15,846 total votes including 14,779 “in-person” votes through Friday (A record 1,468 voters on Friday alone).

Bartow County

  • Votes: 17,575 total votes through Friday including 16,205 in-person votes.
  • According to Cheryl Billard, assistant Elections Supervisor, “Overall 16,205 voters cast a ballot early in our county, which is a 25% turnout.  That is only 1,375 votes short of our 2016 Presidential Election number.  We’re looking forward to seeing even more voters on Tuesday when all of our polling places will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.”

Gordon County

  • Votes: 8,595 total votes including 8,140 in-person votes for Gordon through Friday.
  • From Shea Hicks, Gordon County Elections Supervisor, “We are expecting around a 50% voter turnout for this General Election. Turnout has been a lot higher than what we expected so far.”

Polk County

  • Votes: 8150 total (in-person and absentee) votes for Polk through Friday including 7,765 in-person votes (856 of those on Friday).
  • LeeAnn George with Polk Elections office says, “Voters came out in droves on Friday. I’m sure we will be very busy on Tuesday.”

Chattooga County

  • 3,650 total votes — early and in-person — through Friday.

VOTERS GUIDE: Candidates, the amendments, where to vote Nov. 6.

  • County commission: A Q&A with the two women running for Floyd County Commission, Post 1, Rhonda Wallace and Stephanie Wright. Politics
  • State House, Senate: A Q & A with the candidates running for State Senate District 52 and State House District 13. Politics
  • The amendments: The AJC offers an excellent overview of what’s on the end of your ballots. Click Amendments
  • Where to vote? Try the ‘My Voter Page.’ Click MVP
  • Precincts open Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Dr. Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire of GHTV’s Community Watch program interviewed Georgia State Senate District 52 candidates Chuck Hufstetler (Republican incumbent) and Democratic challenger Evan Ross. They also interviewed Georgia House District 13 candidate Katie Dempsey (Republican incumbent), Democratic challenger John Burnette did not do a taping. You can view the YouTube videos here: Hufstetler / Ross / Dempsey


SAMPLE BALLOTS

For Floyd County sample ballots, please see below.

For Bartow County sample ballots, please click here.

For Gordon County sample ballots, please click here.

Below please find a sample ballot for the Nov. 6 general election (including advance voting and absentee voting prior to that). Please note this is a ballot for someone living in the eastern part of Floyd County. Your own ballot could include other races (such as state House). Best bet: Go to the Secretary of State’s MVP page (see above) and enter your information (name, county, date of birth) to show your ballot as well as where to vote on Nov. 6.

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