An abridged rant today as we’re behind thanks to the latest batch of technical issues, first with a Comcast outage and now some collateral damage to the machines. Thank God for backups and Plan Bs.
But planning is big part of the rant today as some in our community continue to work toward what we expect to see in the 2020 election cycle: A presidential primary in March, the local and state primary in May, a very likely runoff in July and the general election in November.
That’s a lot of voting and we hope more people than ever take part.
It will be a somewhat new experience for veterans and newcomers. New voting machines are in place — in fact, it appears they’re scattered about the elections office in the yellow brick courthouse.
Elections Chief Robert Brady and the League of Women of Voters will spend three hours on the morning of Feb. 1 demonstrating the new machines at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Rome. That’s a Saturday so folks hopefully will have time.
And then there’s the precinct meetings and such planned by the Floyd County Republican Party. During Tuesday’s Rome TEA Party meeting, member Randy Smith solicited volunteers to represent all of Floyd’s 25 precincts not only at the upcoming meetings but throughout the election cycle as well. This is in addition to the poll workers who are under Brady’s umbrella.
That’s a tall order, especially given the year ahead. But there were hands going up as Smith asked for volunteers and more of the attendees were hanging out after the meeting at Fuddruckers to sign up.
As for the elections themselves: The candidates truly are off and running. They’re showing up at all the traditional events — TEA party meeting, Floyd Republican Women and such. Look for many of them at Saturday’s Second Amendment Rally at the fairgrounds as well.
And they’re talking with donors as well. We have the Republican sheriff’s campaign reports through Jan. 1 and we’re looking at $150,000 collected to date. That’s incredible.
But the numbers we’ll be working on by the next reporting period will be even greater: the campaign accounts for the growing number of U.S. House candidates.
We’re told each candidate is being cautioned to raise/contribute/whatever up to $500,000, especially with two television markets involved — Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Campaign 2020 is well under way — and apparently well funded. But the hardest part will be getting voters to the precincts or to advance voting spots four times this year.