Politics: How to check on your mailed (or delivered) absentee ballot. Secretary of State urges more absentee voting. Advance voting continues. Democrats meet tonight online.

Politics: How to check on your mailed (or delivered) absentee ballot. Secretary of State urges more absentee voting. Advance voting continues. Democrats meet tonight online.

 

We checked on our completed absentee ballot and here’s what we found (“accepted”), right column.

 

So you took the plunge and completed that absentee ballot. Now what? You know when you mailed it so the next step is to see if it has been received and “accepted” at the elections office. You can do so with just a few clicks. Here’s what to do:

  • Visit the Georgia My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
  • Fill out the MVP Login form (first initial, last name, county, date of birth and you’re done).
  • Scroll down and click the link that says “Check absentee ballot status.”
  • Click to ensure there is a date next to “Absentee ballot received.”

In the above box, right side, it shows you how our ballot process worked. We requested the ballot and it was mailed to our home. We dropped it at the Rome post office the next da and it was marked as accepted May 12.

If you’re  concerned about the status of your ballot, reach out to the local Elections Office to double check (BradyR@floydcountyga.org).


Secretary of State: Please vote via absentee:  Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is encouraging Georgians to vote absentee by mail to protect their health and limit wait times at the ballot box. The demands of social distancing and other COVID-19 related health precautions has lowered the capacity polling locations around the state have for in-person voting, and has increased wait times for Georgians looking to cast their ballots in person. Additionally, many absentee ballots are still on the way to Georgia voters who requested them. When these Georgians opt to vote in person, their absentee ballot must be canceled at the polling site, an extra step that further slows down the voting process.

“Considering the health risks posed by COVID-19, Georgians should seriously consider submitting an absentee ballot by mail for the June 9 elections,” said Raffensperger. “While we understand the Georgia tradition of in-person voting and look forward to returning to normal in-person voting in future elections, the extra precautions necessary to preserve voter and poll worker health during the pandemic will result in long wait times and an increased health risk that could be avoided through absentee ballots for this election.”

Almost 1.5 million Georgians have submitted a request for absentee ballots for the upcoming election with over 1 million absentee ballots already sent out to Georgia voters. Each absentee ballot mailing has a bar code allowing the Secretary of State’s office to track it as it moves through the state’s postal system and to the voter’s mailbox. This allows the Secretary’s office to ensure that the ballots get where they are supposed to go.

Georgia voters have already returned 400,000 absentee ballots with three weeks to go until Election Day.

THIS WEEK

Tonight: The Floyd County Democratic Party will hold a virtual meeting from 7-8 p.m. Attendees can join at 6:45 for social time prior to the meeting. Instructions for joining the meeting can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/552870632312971/. The agenda will include the June 9 primary election and how to request and complete a mail-in ballot, including how you can track its progress and ensure your vote is counted as well as opportunities for volunteering to support local and state Democratic candidates. Contact communications@fcdems.org for further information.


Advance voting now through June 5.  What to know:

Floyd County: Early voting at the Rome Civic Center, weekdays, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through June 5. Also: Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. No voting on Monday May 25, Memorial Day. Expect a longer-than-usual line and slower completion of the voting process because of social distancing protocols that must be observed.

Bartow County:  Advance voting, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bartow County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office at 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy in Cartersville.  Advance Voting on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  If voters choose to vote in person, we ask that they wear a mask at all times.  Due to the size of the facility, only 5 voters will be allowed to enter the building at a time.

Gordon County: Early voting will be at the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. We will have one day of Saturday voting on May 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. We will not have early voting on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day. Site: Gordon County Annex Building (behind the fourthouse), 101 S. Piedmont St., Calhoun. For more: 706-629-7781.

Polk County: May 18 and will continue until June 5.  The Rockmart location will only be open June 1-5 with extended hours until 7 p.m. June 1-4. Hours on June 5 will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


YOUR BALLOT

The best thing to do is to visit the My Voters Page from the Secretary of State’s office. You type in your name, date of birth and county, and it provides your sample ballot and precinct. Click MVP


CANDIDATE PROFILES and debates.

  • Who will be Floyd County’s next sheriff? Our Q&A and candidate profiles with Tom Caldwell, Ronnie Kilgo and Dave Roberson. Sheriff
  • Our Q&A with Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court Republican candidates, incumbent Barbara Penson and Joe Costolnick. Clerks
  • House 13 Republican candidates, incumbent Katie Dempsey vs. Brad Barnes. House 13
  • 14th Congressional District: Watch either or both candidate debates via Facebook Live. Click debates
  • Debates by the Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls and Democratic Public Service Commission candidates. Click debates

KEY ELECTION DATES

June 9: Election day. Precincts open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Aug. 11: Primary runoff.

Nov. 3: General election.

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