Politics: Bartow, Paulding counties to test state’s new balloting system on Nov. 5. Sunday Brunch Bill added to Rome ballot. League to talk Census, redistricting. Voting calendar.

Politics: Bartow, Paulding counties to test state’s new balloting system on Nov. 5. Sunday Brunch Bill added to Rome ballot. League to talk Census, redistricting. Voting calendar.

Bartow and Paulding counties will be among six statewide testing Georgia’s new hybrid voting machines that combine paper ballots and touchscreens on Nov. 5. The state signed a $107 million deal with Dominion Voting Systems.

“Yes, Bartow County is one of our pilot counties along with  Catoosa, Carroll, Decatur, Paulding, and Lowndes.  Cobb County will also be a pilot but will be using hand-marked paper ballots,” says Tess Hammock of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Bartow County has multiple municipal elections on that Tuesday.


Sunday Brunch Bill added to Nov. 5 city of Rome ballot: By unanimous vote, city commissioners on Monday OK’d placing the referendum on the ballot. Voters will decide if Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants can begin at 11 a.m. vs. the current 12:30 p.m.  The ballot also will include nine candidates running for six City Commission seats in Wards 1 and 3.


The League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd and Dalton-Whitfield will discuss redistricting and the Census,  a strategy for fair elections in Georgia. The event will include a presentation, along with a panel of local and regional experts, Q&A, and action items to develop fair districts in Georgia. This informational  event is open to the public. Details: 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Calhoun Depot 109 S. King St. The Redistricting Town Hall Forum is an initiative of the Georgia Redistricting Alliance (GRA: the ACLU of GA, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Common Cause GA, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), GA Coalition for the People’s Agenda, GA STAND UP, GA WAND, the League of Women Voters of GA, and the NAACP), supported by ProGeorgia, a civic engagement table. The GRA aims to encourage communities to reclaim their power by informing them of the importance of, and advocating for, fair redistricting to ensure that the voices of Georgia citizens are not silenced. For more information: Rebecca Moye 706/346-1334 at romeleaguewv@gmail.com.


What’s next:

  • Oct. 7: Final day to register to vote in the municipal elections if you’re a new or lapsed voter. Check your status here; better yet, confirm in person at the elections office.
  • Oct. 14: Advance voting begins.
  • Nov. 5. Election day.
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