Advance voting began at 8 a.m. Monday and, already, issues are reported. Several calls, texts and emails have come in about technical issues that are requiring poll workers to manually enter some information, slowing down the process. Also, there was a WiFi password issue at Garden Lakes and just one computer is in operation at both Garden Lakes and the administration building for use in recording voter information.
This post was made by Luke Martin, chair of the Floyd County Republican Party, on Monday morning. It starts with his being at Garden Lakes Baptist Church, one of two advance voting sites in operation this week:
“Only 1 hour into the first day of early voting and Garden Lakes’ voting machines are already down.”
Around 11:15 a.m., we talked with Dr. Melanie Conrad, a member of the Floyd County Board of Elections. Conrad said she had been on site at the administration building and saw the line of people waiting to vote early. Of the morning’s issues, she said:
- “Voter turnout is really high” as she went to describe the lines as pictured above.
- There was an adjustment made Friday to the iPads provided for the elections process.
- The WiFi issue at the church was compensated when the county deployed a mobile hot spot to provide the needed signal. Other issues also were being addressed, she said.
- Asked about whether equipment was tested at Garden Lakes prior to Monday’s vote, Conrad said not that she was aware of but added that there had not been issues from that location during past elections.
Elections board meeting moves to noon Thursday: The Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration meeting set for Tuesday has moved to Thursday and also will be held at a new venue — the Berry Shorter Room of the Forum River Center in Rome. The agenda:
Public Comments (limited to 2 minutes per person)
Financial Report/Office Update
Early Voting updates
Absentee Ballots Updates
Updates on Absentee Ballot Processing Procedure
1. Worker specifically for that task and that task only.
2. Train a team of 6-8 people who would open and organize the ballots
3. PollWorker Training Dates – New Poll Workers and Veteran Poll Worker Specific
4. Signage/location of Barkers Poll
5. Election Day Communication
D. Poll Worker Training/Staffing
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
- Legislative candidates respond to questions about Georgia’s ‘reopening’ and coronavirus response, and what similar issues are ahead for the 2021 General Assembly. Legislative candidates.
- Below: Sample ballots; when and where to vote in advance; what to know about absentee voting.
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.
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
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.
What to know. Click here.
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.
- 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
- Elections Office Main Entrance Door, 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, Cartersville
- Bartow County Courthouse
- Allatoona Resource Center
- Manning Mill Park Gym
- Euharlee City Hall
- 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.