Politics: Six weeks from election day, advance voting spots just about nailed down (starts Oct. 12).

Politics: Six weeks from election day, advance voting spots just about nailed down (starts Oct. 12).

From left, Elections Chief Robert Brady, board member John Husser and board member Melanie Conrad prior to the start of Tuesday’s meeting. Hometown photo.

 

The Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration met Tuesday — six weeks out from election day and under three weeks away from the start of advance voting — to begin deciding issues that should already be set. Among them:

  • Advance voting locations are now mostly set.
  • Poll worker training and recruitment.

Attending were board members Melanie Conrad, John Husser and chair, Dr. Tom Rees as well as Elections Chief Robert Brady. The agenda for the meeting included: Hiring and training poll workers; staffing of precincts; election day communication plan; technical support; absentee ballots (staff and processing); precinct set-up/take down; website updates.

  • First up: Advance voting sites. Once again, scheduling issues. The community room is available for the three weeks; other sites have weekday or weekend issues. Garden Lakes Baptist Church is an option for week-day voting for the duration; the community room would be in service on weekdays as well as the two weekends set aside for advance voting. Another option is the health department, which is a likely choice.
  • Next, poll workers: There seems to be some disconnect between applications and those who take the next step in the process. It is bogging down in paper work, the human relations process and communication.
  • Training poll workers: A host of dates were discussed with varying times — Oct. 9, 10, 17 and 17.
  • Personal protection equipment: Brady reported ample supplies will be on hand to match needs created by the pandemic.

We’ve confirmed the following updates from today’s Rome News-Tribune:

  • From Oct. 12 through Oct. 30, Floyd County voters will have the chance to cast their ballots early and in person at either the Floyd County Administration Building Community Room at 12 E. Fourth Ave. or Garden Lakes Baptist Church at 2200 Redmond Circle, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For the week of Oct. 19-23, the Floyd County Health Department located at 16 E. 12th St. will also be available for voters. For the week of Oct. 26-30, the Rome Civic Center at 400 Civic Center Drive will be open for early voting.
  • Weekend voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Room on Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25. (Another venue is under discussion).

 


Our own absentee ballot tracker: Throughout the Nov. 3 election cycle, we’re using our own absentee ballot application to track what happens in the process. You can do the same by going to the MVP post on the Secretary of State’s website. Click here. Our status:

  • Aug. 28: Our request was received at the Floyd County elections office.
  • Sept. 18: The date listed on the tracker on when the ballot will be sent.
  • September ??: We will list the date it arrives. Our intent is to deliver it to a ballot drop box in Rome (see images below).
  • Next up: Date received, status of our ballot and then “reason” if there are any issues.
  • Want to apply for an absentee ballot? Click here.

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How to apply for an absentee ballot today: The Secretary of State’s office has launched a website to help handle record numbers of voters expected to cast an absentee ballot in this year’s presidential election. The site is available at ballot request.sos.ga.gov. (We gave it a test run and was finished in two minutes; basic and easy to do).

Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the site and ballots. 

Q: Can anyone use this website? A: Any registered Georgia voter is eligible to request and cast an absentee ballot. State law has allowed any voter to use an absentee ballot since 2005.

Q: What information do I need to enter? A: Voters need to type five pieces of information to get started: their first name, last name, birth date, county, and driver’s license or state ID number. Then on the next screen, they can choose what address their ballot should be mailed to and enter an email address to receive a confirmation that their application has been received. Voters who are over 65 years old, physically disabled or living overseas are eligible to sign up to receive an absentee ballot for future elections in this election cycle.

Q: How does the website check my identity? A: The absentee ballot request website matches information with voter registration records. If your name, birth date, county and ID don’t match, you won’t be able to proceed. After three failed attempts, the website will direct you to fill out a PDF application that can be mailed or emailed to county election offices.

Q: Can I track my absentee ballot online? A: The status of absentee ballot requests will be reflected on the My Voter Page at mvp.sos.ga.gov after county election officials accept them. Then voters will be able to see the date their absentee ballot application was received, the date their ballot was issued, and the date the completed ballot was received by the county.


A look at what’s on the Nov. 3 ballot: 

FLOYD COUNTY

  • Floyd County Commission, Post 2: Wright Bagby, R; Charles “Coach” Smith, D.
  • Floyd County Commission, Post 3; Allison Watters, R;  Shonna Bailey, Post 3,  D.
  • Clerk of Court: Barbara Penson, R; Moriah Medina, D.

State representatives:

  • District 12: Eddie Lumsden, R; Jonathan Gilreath-Harvey, D.
  • District 16: Trey Kelley, R; Lyndsay Arrendale, D.

State senate

  • District 14: Bruce Thompson,  R.; Travis Johnson, D.
  • District 31: Jason, Anavitarte, R;  Tianna Smith, D.
  • District 52: Chuck Hufstetler, R; Charles DeYoung, D.

Georgia Public Service Commission:

  • District 1: Robert G. Byrant, D; Jason Shaw, R.
  • District 4: Daniel Blackman, D; Lauren Bubba McDonald, Jr., R.

U.S. House (District 11):

  • Democrat: Dana Barrett; Republican Barry Loudermilk.

U.S. Senate:

  • Republican David Perdue; Democrat Jon Ossoff

U.S. Senate (Isakson term):

  • Democrats: Deborah Jackson, Jamesia James, Tamara Johnson-Shealey, Matt Lieberman, Joy Felicia Slade, Ed Tarver, Raphael Warnock, Richard Dien Winfield.
  • Republicans: Doug Collins, Derrick Grayson, Annette Davis Jackson, A. Wayne Johnson, Kelly Loeffler, Kandiss Taylor.

Atlanta Press Club will partner with Georgia Public Broadcasting on the statewide debates. They will be available for viewers to watch online live or on demand via Facebook at www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub. They also will stream live on GPB.org and air on GPB-TV.

House District 14: Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene. Livestream at 1 p.m., on GPB at 10 p.m., both Oct. 12.

U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Joel Ossoff (D), 3 p.m. on livestreams, 8 p.m. on GPB, both Oct. 12.

 U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, 1 and 3 p.m. livestream; 8 and 9 p.m. on GPB, both on Oct. 19. (Only candidates who have reached 3 percent on two independent polls).


VOTERS’ CALENDAR:

  • Oct. 5: Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the November General Election and Special Election Runoff for Local and State Offices.
  • Oct. 12: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the November General Election and Special Election.
  • Oct. 12: Atlanta Press Club debates: House District 14: Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene against a potential Democratic candidate. Livestream at 1 p.m., on GPB at 10 p.m., both Oct. 12. U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Joel Ossoff (D), 3 p.m. on livestreams, 8 p.m. on GPB.
  • Oct. 17-18: First weekend of advance voting in Floyd County.
  • Oct. 19: Atlanta Press Club debates: U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, 1 and 3 p.m. livestream; 8 and 9 p.m. on GPB. (Only candidates who have reached 3 percent on two independent polls).
  • Oct. 24-25: Second weekend of advance voting in Floyd County.
  • Oct. 30: Advance voting ends.
  • Nov. 3: Election Day, precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
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