Voting: Monday the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election; several ways to register in person, online.  Graves’ resignation effective tonight. Vice presidential debate set for Wednesday evening.

Voting: Monday the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election; several ways to register in person, online. Graves’ resignation effective tonight. Vice presidential debate set for Wednesday evening.

Our ballots arrived in mail last Saturday, Sept. 26..

ON THIS PAGE: Updates on absentee ballots / drop box locations / advance voting / sample ballots / debates

HEADLINES:

Monday, Oct. 5, is the final day for new or lapsed voters to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. Check with your county elections office for more; most are open from 8 or 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 or 5 p.m. this week.

–Voter Alert from Rome Floyd League of Women Voters, Rome Floyd NAACP, Rome Floyd AARP

The Bartow County Board of Elections and Voter Registration reminds residents that the deadline to register to vote or update existing records for the 2020 General Election held on Nov. 3 is Monday, Oct.5. Potential voters are encouraged to take advantage of one of the many registration opportunities available in Georgia, including:

  • Visiting registertovote.sos.ga.gov
  • Downloading the “GA SOS” app for their smart device
  • Visiting the elections office at 1300 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.
  • Visiting select government service offices, such as the library, health department, or Allatoona Resource Center.
  • Updating their address with the Department of Driver Services in person or online.
  • Calling the elections office and requesting a form be mailed to you.
  • Please note that all mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 5 to meet the deadline.  Online options must be completed by 11:59 p.m. that day.  The elections office closes at 5 p.m. and will accept hand-delivered applications until that time.
  • For questions about registering to vote or any other part of the elections process, please contact our office at (770) 387-5098.

Graves gone as of tonight: Tom Graves’ resignation is effective at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Per his office: “The Washington, D.C., office and the Dalton and Rome offices of will continue to serve the 14th Congressional District under the supervision of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Specific details and services will be announced next week. While there will be a website transition, constituents of the 14th district will be able to call the same phone numbers to request assistance without any pause in operations, starting as usual at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Next debate Wednesday: Vice presidential debate: Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. Wednesday, October 7, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City. The debate will be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic. The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has launched a quick way voters can use to track absentee ballots and get updates on the status of the ballots. Once voters sign up on the new BallotTrax system, they’ll get either email or text message alerts on the status of their ballots. Notification will be sent when the absentee ballot application is accepted, when the absentee ballot is sent, and if and when the absentee ballot is accepted or rejected. Voters whose absentee ballots are rejected will be provided with the contact information to fix the issue so they can be assured their vote will be counted. The site can be accessed here.

  • Does it work? We got this text Sept. 29 after dropping our ballots off on Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at different drop boxes: “The absentee ballot and tracking systems work. … “Your absentee ballot has been accepted! Your vote has been counted, and you may not vote again. If you have questions, please call us at (706) 291-5168 or email us at Absentee@Floydcountyga.org.”

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.
  • Aug. 28: Our request was received at the Floyd County elections office.
  • Sept. 18: The date listed on the tracker on when the ballot would be sent.
  • Sept. 26: Our ballots arrived in the mail.
  • Sept. 28: Our ballots were returned to the drop boxes, one each outside the elections office on First Street and one at the library (two voters in our household).
  • Sept. 28: Both marked received on Sept. 28 — and accepted.
  • We will check for any subsequent issues throughout the elections cycle.
  • Want to apply for an absentee ballot? Click here.

DROP BOXES for absentee ballots

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Bartow County drop box locations: Drop your sealed ballot off at one of our convenient drop box locations around the county!
  • Elections Office Main Entrance Door, 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, Cartersville
  • Bartow County Courthouse
  • Allatoona Resource Center
  • Manning Mill Park Gym
  • Euharlee City Hall

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: You can get updates via email or text by signing up via the BallotTrax system HERE. The status of absentee ballot requests will also 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.


ADVANCE VOTING UPDATES, by county:

Advance voting in Floyd County:

  • Oct. 12-30: 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.
  • Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Floyd County Administration Building Community Room. 
  • Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25: Garden Lakes Baptist Church, both Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p .m. and both Sundays from 1 until 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 19-23: Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St.
  • Oct. 26-30: Rome Civic Center at 400 Civic Center Drive.

Bartow County: Advance voting locations and times

  • Elections Office | 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, Cartersville 30120 | Follow Signs to Voting Entrance
  • Cartersville Civic Center | 435 W Main St, Cartersville, GA 30120 | Front Entrance
    • Monday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 17 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Monday, Oct. 19 – Saturday,  Oct. 24 | 8 a.m. -6 p.m.
    • Monday, Oct. 26 – Friday, Oct. 30 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Allatoona Resource Center | 6503 Glade Rd SE, Acworth, GA 30102 | ARC Main Entrance
  • Manning Mill Park | 163 Manning Mill Rd, Adairsville, GA 30103 | Gym Main Entrance
    • Monday, Oct. 26 – Friday, Oct. 30 | 8am – 6pm

Gordon County:

In person at the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office, 101 S Piedmont St. in Calhoun, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Saturday voting …. For more: Please contact our office at 706-629-7781.

Polk County: Both locations will be up and running all three weeks. We are encouraging voters to vote early if they are able, but they should still anticipate longer lines than usual! Social distancing  practices will still be in place once voters enter the buildings, and masks are strongly encouraged.

  • Polk County Elections Office, 144 West Ave., Suite D,  Cedartown, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-16, Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26, 28 and 30. Also, Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Nathan Dean Community Center, 604 Goodyear St., Rockmart, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-16, Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26, 28 and 30. Also, Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Extended hours, both locations, on Oct. 27 and 29: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

SAMPLE BALLOTS

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A look at what’s on the Nov. 3 ballot: Full ballots for much of Floyd County posted above.

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.

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

Oct. 12: U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Jon Ossoff (D), 3 p.m. on livestream, 8 p.m. on GPB.

Oct. 19: 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).


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. 7: Vice presidential debate: Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. Wednesday, October 7, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City. The debate will be divided into nine segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic. The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the questions will be posed by citizens from the South Florida area. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.
  • 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. 15: Second presidential debate (town meeting): Steve Scully, senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks
    Thursday, Oct.r 15, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami.
  • 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. 22: Third presidential debate: Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor Weekend TODAY, White House Correspondent, NBC News
    Thursday, Oct. 22, Belmont University, Nashville. The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate.
  • 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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