ON THIS PAGE: Updates on absentee ballots / drop box locations / advance voting / sample ballots / debates
Today on Hometown Headlines:
Floyd County Commission candidates respond to questions about pandemic response, new economic development option and what’s ahead. County candidates
Monday: Our final round of candidate profiles, Q & As.
The Floyd County Democratic Party will be holding a First Day of Early Voting Sign Pick-up on Monday, Oct. 12, from 5 until 7 p.m. at 201 E. Third Ave. in downtown Rome (house at the corner of East Third Avenue and East Second Street). Donations for signs can be made at fcdems.org. Federal, state and local signs available. All donations go to supporting local Democratic candidates and advancing Democratic causes and ideals here in Floyd County. For more: visit the website of call 931-452-1250.
On Saturday, the Floyd County Republican Party had plenty of signage in front of 420 Broad St. In addition to Fiddlin’ Fest, teams were being organized to go canvassing that day.
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.
Good response so far for Adopt A Precinct: This update from Dr. Melanie Conrad, a member of the Floyd County elections board, who is working with friends on the Adopt A Precinct idea for Nov. 3:
Thank you Olive Garden, Duffy’s Deli, Sunflour Community Bakery, Carmalita’s Catering, Seifert Law, First Baptist Church-Rome, Rome First-UMC, North Rome Church of God, and the Exchange Club for adopting a precinct and supporting our poll workers. If your restaurant, business, church, or organization would like to adopt a precinct, please complete the attached Google form. Click here
What it is about: “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 firstname.lastname@example.org”
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.
Monday: U.S. Senate, David Perdue (R) vs. Jon Ossoff (D), 8 p.m. , livestream at 3 p.m. and GPB at 8 p.m.
Oct. 19: U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, livestream at 1 and 3 p.m. and GPB at 8 and 9 p.m.
Commission on Presidential Debates has canceled the second debate between Pres. Trump and Joe Biden scheduled for Oct. 15.
Oct. 22: 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.
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.
Monday: Advanced In Person (Early) Voting begins for the November General Election and Special Election.
Oct. 17-18: First weekend of advance voting in Floyd County.
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.