ON THIS PAGE: Updates on absentee ballots / drop box locations / advance voting / sample ballots / debates
Vice presidential debate from 9-10:30 p.m Wednesday: Moderated by Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief,USA Today, the debate will feature Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris of California. It is set for 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.
Georgia has hit a record high registration level. As of Oct. 6, Georgia had 7,587,625 registered voters throughout the state. Over 5 million of those came through automatic registration at the Department of Driver Services, a program of the Office of the Secretary to make registering new voters and updating voter information simple and easy.
Of the 7.6 million registered voters according to preliminary data, 5,002,856 of them have registered through automatic registration at the Department of Driver Services. Another 734,000 of those registered voters did so online through the Secretary of State’s website. 1,850,464 registered with paper registration applications.
The final numbers will likely be higher as counties continue to process registration applications, including those submitted online and registrations completed by DDS.
The 7.587 million total registered voters for the November 2020 general elections represents a more than 600,000 registered voter increase since November 2018.
Historically, Georgia has had incredibly high voter registration rates. According to the 2016 U.S. Election Assistance Commission Survey, 95.4% of Georgia’s eligible voting population was registered to vote in 2016. The number of overall registered voters increased from 6.657 million in November 2016 to 6.944 million in November 2018.
Today on Hometown Headlines:
Floyd County Commission candidates respond to questions about pandemic response, new economic development option and what’s ahead. County candidates
Excellent idea from the elections office, Adopt A Precinct: “Calling all restaurants, churches, and community organizations. The Floyd County Board of Elections invites you to adopt a precinct on Nov. 3. We are asking organizations to show your appreciation to our dedicated poll workers by providing them with lunch and dinner delivered to their precinct. Each precinct will have approximately eight to 10 poll workers. All participating organizations in this program will be acknowledged on Floyd County’s social media platforms. Click here to sign up. For ethical reasons, we cannot accept adoptions by political parties, candidates for office or their associates. For additional information, please contact Dr. Melanie Conrad at email@example.com”
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.
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
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
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.
A look at what’s on the Nov. 3 ballot: Full ballots for much of Floyd County posted above.
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.
District 12: Eddie Lumsden, R; Jonathan Gilreath-Harvey, D.
District 16: Trey Kelley, R; Lyndsay Arrendale, D.
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.
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 and GPB at 7:45 p.m.
Oct. 12: U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Jon Ossoff (D), 8 p.m. , both on livestream and GPB.
Oct. 19: U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, livestream and GPB; 8 and 9 p.m.
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.
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.