Voting: Big numbers from first week of advance voting. Sunday voting in Floyd. Advance voting resumes across region on Monday. Video from Women’s March to Polls rally.

Voting: Big numbers from first week of advance voting. Sunday voting in Floyd. Advance voting resumes across region on Monday. Video from Women’s March to Polls rally.

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


Busy first week for in-person voting; latest on absentee ballots:

Floyd County:

  • Advance voting: Through Wednesday, 2,155 people had voted in person at the county administration building or Garden Lakes Baptist Church. In three days, 1,167 had voted downtown and 988 in West Rome.
  • Absentee voting:  More than 15,000 absentee ballots to date. Most are being returned by mail while 777 others were left in the drop boxs outside the elections office or the library.

Bartow County:

  • From Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk: “We’ve had 7,023 cast a ballot in person between two locations, and of the 12,158 ballots we’ve sent out we’ve gotten back 6,567. That means that around 25% of the voters in the county have already been issued a ballot and 18% of them have already cast it.  Not bad for one week into Advance Voting!”

Gordon County:

From Elections Chair Shea Hicks: “It was a GREAT week!  We voted 3,712 early voters this week.  History in the making for sure. And we have received back 2,392 absentee ballots by mail.”

Polk County: 

  • In-person voter totals for week one: 4,533.
  • Absentee ballots returned: 1,720.

Ballots Cast as of 9 p.m. on October 17, 2020

  • Total Number of Ballots Cast: 1,437,403
  • Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast As of 9 p.m. Today: 63,723
  • Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast: 782,545
  • Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast: 654,858

Video from Saturday’s Women Lead the March to the Polls with VoteEqualityUS and “The Notorious RVG,” its branded Ruthless Vote Getter RV, at the Forum River Center on the Town on Saturday.

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.
Saturday’s speakers included 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.

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.

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. 18 and Oct. 24-25: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Floyd County Administration Building Community Room. 
  • Oct. 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. 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: 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. 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)
​Duffy’s Deli ​East Rome (Health Dept.)
​Greater Community Bank ​Etowah (Senior Citizen’s Center)
​Carmalita’s Catering ​Garden Lakes (Anthony Rec. Center
​Legacy Church ​Glenwood (Thornton Rec. Center)
​First Baptist Rome ​Mt. Alto North (Garden Lakes Baptist Church)
​Olive Garden ​Mt. Alto South (Fellowship Baptist Church)
​Sunflour Community Bakery ​North Rome (Civic Center)
​Rome First UMC ​South Rome (Joy Center)
​Seifert Law ​Town Rome (Civic Center)
​Exchange Club ​Vann’s Valley (VFW)
​Rhema Bible Class (N. Rome Church of God) ​West Lindale (Gilbreath Rec. Center)

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 conradm@floydcountyga.org”

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, 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.

Constitutional amendments:

What to know. Click here.


DEBATES

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

ABSENTEE BALLOTS
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.


VOTERS’ CALENDAR:

  • 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.
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