Advance voting ‘running remarkedly well’ so far: Floyd County Elections Chief Robert Brady was talking about the noise at the elections office Thursday morning. You could hear drills and other equipment in use in the background as the county installs 24/7 cameras above one of two dropoff boxes for absentee ballots for the June 9 primary. It should be in service next week.
Brady and his staff are monitoring absentee ballot requests as well as the completed ballots returned by mail or dropoff as well as advance voting under way at the Rome Civic Center. The early vote “is going remarkedbly well,” Brady says.
Through Wednesday night, 619 people had voted at the Rome Civic Center. You can go today between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and all next week with a few caveats: The civic center is closed Monday for Memorial Day but will be in use all other weekends as well as next Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The other numbers of interest: Absentee ballots. Brady says Floyd County had received 17,356 requests for absentee ballots from the 57,115 registered voters who were sent applications. So far, 4,866 had been returned with ballots inside.
The returned absentee ballots and advance voting totals already guarantee nearly a 10 percent turnout, Brady says, with more than two weeks to go. Election Day is Tuesday, June 9, and precnicts will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
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.
- 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.