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This weekend, VoteEqualityUS and “The Notorious RVG,” its branded Ruthless Vote Getter RV, will join the scheduled Women Lead the March to the Polls on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. The march will begin with a rally at the Forum River Center on the Town (301 Tribune St., Rome) before proceeding on a route toward the administration building for early voting.
“We’re very excited to bring The Notorious RVG and our message of voting for equality to this weekend’s rally and march,” said VoteEqualityUS volunteer, Jennifer Chambers. “Getting people to the polls to vote early and have their voices heard is critical to ensuring equality for all in the U.S. Constitution.” The VoteEqualityUS team is watching this year’s elections to determine whether or not American voters will install a gender equality leadership in the U.S. Senate. The current Senate leadership has indicated they do not support recognition of the fully ratified 28th Amendment (Equal Rights).
The nonpartisan, educational tour has been traveling through three states that have yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment: North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The team seeks to inform, inspire and motivate people to vote for equality candidates in this year’s election.
The Notorious RVG and VoteEqualityUS
will finish its tour in Georgia with the march appearance this Saturday and head back to South Carolina for a Sunday votercade outside Columbia, SC.
At 2 p.m., those present will hear from several speakers including Mallory Rogers, League of Student Voters; Candice Spivey, We Matter; Suleima Millan-Salinas, Romanos Unidos; Liberty Grant, Hospitality House for Women; Wendy Davis, Rome City Commission; and Sharon Hill, Human Relations Strategist, Public Eye Relations.
For more: event organizer Marsha Atkins at 706.506.0948.
Mallory Rogers and members of the Young League of Voters joined Georgia Highlands College’s Community Watch program this week with an inspiring message about how our younger residents are eager to be part of the election process. Mallory and colleagues were interviewed by hosts Dr. Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire.
We borrow the following from Rebecca Stone Moye to learn more about Mallory and the Young League:
“Mallory Rogers is a senior at Rome High School. She is passionate about voting rights and spent the majority of her summer registering voters. With the support of the local League of Women Voters, Mallory organized a cohort of students passionate about “making democracy work.” These students work the polls, attend Board of Elections meetings, frequently register voters and more. Mallory started the first political club at Rome High School, the League of Young Voters. Through the club she hopes to increase Civic Engagement amongst high school students. Mallory has recently partnered with a national organization, Power to the Polls, to encourage youth to be poll workers. While she cannot vote herself, Mallory encourages everyone to use their voice and vote.”
Two younger residents of Floyd County were included in a New York Times piece under the headline, “With polling sites lacking workers, a new generation rises up.” Here’s how the story mentions them:
Across the country, the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor brought young people to the streets this summer to protest police brutality. That momentum carried many to the polls or to volunteer as poll workers in November
Among them, Emily Duarte, a 17-year-old from Rome, Ga., said she began attending her county’s Board of Elections meetings this summer. She and a group of friends volunteered to work at the polls, partly over concerns of voter suppression in their state.
Her friend Adan Escutia, also 17, said that during the Republican runoff election in the state in August, older poll workers struggled to understand the election technology. Many relied on Adan to set up equipment or troubleshoot any issues. One older woman had no idea how to turn on an iPad, he said.
From the Secretary of State’s office, through Thursday:
- Total requests for absentee ballots to date: 1,609,702
- Total absentee ballots accepted by counties to date: 541.396
- Daily number of in-person early-voting ballots cast Thursday as of 5 p.m.: 137,011
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.
- Plus, from GPB News: U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff clashed in a televised Atlanta Press Club debate Monday, as polls show a tight race in what has become one of the closer contests on the ballot this November. GPB News
- Below: Sample ballots; when and where to vote in advance; what to know about absentee voting.
ADVANCE VOTING UPDATES, by county:
Advance voting in Floyd County:
- Today-Oct. 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
- Today-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
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: Oct. 24, at the Election’s Office located at 101 S. Piedmont St., Calhoun, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more: For more: 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. Today-Oct. 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:
|The Season Events
||Alto Park (Alto Park Elementary)
||East Rome (Health Dept.)
|Greater Community Bank
||Etowah (Senior Citizen’s Center)
||Garden Lakes (Anthony Rec. Center
||Glenwood (Thornton Rec. Center)
|First Baptist Rome
||Mt. Alto North (Garden Lakes Baptist Church)
||Mt. Alto South (Fellowship Baptist Church)
|Sunflour Community Bakery
||North Rome (Civic Center)
|Rome First UMC
||South Rome (Joy Center)
||Town Rome (Civic Center)
||Vann’s Valley (VFW)
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.
What to know. Click here.
Atlanta Press Club will partner with Georgia Public Broadcasting on the statewide debates.
- Oct. 19: U.S. Senate, Loeffler seat, livestream at 1 and 3 p.m. and GPB at 8 and 9 p.m.
- From Oct. 12: Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff clashed in a televised Atlanta Press Club debate Monday, as polls show a tight race in what has become one of the closer contests on the ballot this November. GPB News
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
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.
- Now-Oct. 30: Advanced In Person (Early) 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.