LATEST ON ADVANCE, ABSENTEE VOTING:
Advance voting locations will not be open Monday in observance of Memorial Day but resume as scheduled (see county lists below) on Tuesday. Also, you’ll be able to vote in person on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail or use the drop boxes set up in each county. You also can personally deliver them to the election offices in each county but be prepared as there could be a line with advance voters as well. Each county has strict social distancing and other safety procedures in place because of the coronavirus.
A busy first week of advance voting wrapped up Friday.
Floyd County: 619 through Wednesday night. Also, of the 17,356 requests for absentee ballots from the 57,115 registered voters who were sent applications, 4,866 had been returned with ballots inside. No additional updates were available Friday.
Bartow County: 597 in-person advance votes through end of business Friday. Issued just over 14,000 absentee ballots in mail with 6,653 returned to office. “We continue to encourage everyone to vote through the mail rather than in person, and to caution potential in person voters to be prepared to wait longer than they normally would,” says Elections Chief Joseph Kirk.
Polk County: 562 in-person advance votes through end of business Friday. “Also, we have received 5,237 absentee applications and 2,727 voted absentee ballots returned to our office.”
Gordon County: 459 advance voters last week. Supervisor Shea Hicks adds that, “We’ve issued 6,738 absentee ballots by mail and received back 3,374 absentee ballots.”
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 courthouse), 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
CHECK YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
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).
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.