Politics: Palmer drops out of Ward 3 race because of voter registration issues; 9 candidates remain in hunt for six seats on City Commission.

Politics: Palmer drops out of Ward 3 race because of voter registration issues; 9 candidates remain in hunt for six seats on City Commission.

Jamie Palmer, who qualified for Ward 3 of Rome City Commission, has officially withdrawn from the race as of Friday morning. City Clerk Joe Smith says Palmer had to withdraw because he had not been a registered city voter for at least 90 days prior to qualifying. Palmer is still registered in unincorporated Floyd County. This now leaves four in the race for Ward 3 and five in race for Ward 1.

So what does it all mean?

How the revised Nov. 5 elections shape up for the Rome City Commission: 

  • Ward 1: Incumbents Bill Irmscher, Milton Slack and Sundai Stevenson are seeking new terms. Challengers include Jim Bojo and Mark Cochran.
  • Ward 3: Incumbents Bill Collins and Craig McDaniel are seeking new terms. Incumbent Evie McNiece did not qualify. Challengers include Bonny Askew and J.J. Walker Seifert.
  • The three candidates in each ward who finish with the most votes win the seats. There is no “runoff.”

Who votes?

  • Any registered voter in the city of Rome. Registration for new or lapsed voters ends Oct .7. Check your status here; better yet, confirm in person at the elections office.
  • Both the Ward 1 and Ward 3 races are “citywide” meaning you can vote for up to three candidates in each ward.
  • What to watch for: ‘Bullet voting’ or ‘slingshot voting.’ That’s where people vote for just one candidate in a ward race even though they are eligible to vote for three. The idea is to “maximize” that chances of that preferred candidate. It has been used here before.
  • Also on the ballot: The City Commission is expected to let the “brunch bill” go before voters (earlier drink sales on Sundays). The proposal is up for first reading this Monday at the City Commission meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.; second reading and final reading is Sept. 9. What it says

So what’s next:

  • Oct. 7: Final day to register to vote in the municipal elections if you’re a new or lapsed voter.
  • Oct. 14: Advance voting begins.
  • Nov. 5. Election day.
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