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Advance voting today in Floyd. Here’s what to know:
Oct. 25: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Floyd County Administration Building Community Room.
Oct. 25: Garden Lakes Baptist Church from 1 until 4 p.m.
Statewide ballots cast at of 8 p.m. Saturday: The latest numbers from the Secretary of State’s office:
Total Number of Ballots Cast: 2,701,551
Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast as of 8 p.m. Today: 126,689
Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast: 1,754,798
Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast: 946,753
Politics: Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Rev. Raphael Warnock is due in Rome today at 3 p.m. at 330 W. Third St. for a rally. More on the way. Who’s due in our area this week:
Floyd County Republican Party meets at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Thursday at Moe’s Original Barbecue at Bridgepoint Plaza. U.S. Senate hopeful Doug Collins is due at 5:30 p.m. and will address the meeting at 6 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler will be at the GOP headquarters at 420 Broad St. at 8 a.m. Saturday.
One more candidate is tentative; updates due later this week.
Big numbers continue in Polk County: Brande Coggins of the Board of Elections and Registration reports 711 in-person voters on Friday including 329 in Rockmart and 382 in Cedartown. Through Friday, 7,453 people have voted in person since Oct. 12 with another week to go. Absentee-by-mail ballots total 2,308 and the office already is processing those ballots..
Some great news from the Floyd County Elections Office: Board member Dr. Melanie Conrad says that
Four advance voting sites will be open starting on Oct. 26. This is one more than was previously planned. In addition to the Administration Building, Garden Lakes Baptist Church and the Rome Civic Center, we are adding an additional week of voting at the Health Department.
20 of 25 precincts have been adopted. Barkers, Floyd Springs, Foster’s Mill and Texas Valley are still available for adoption. Please use this link if you are interested in adopting a precinct and supporting our poll workers.
From the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Rome Police: No firearms at polling locations:
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that carrying a firearm at a polling location is illegal per O.C.G.A. 21-2-413 and O.C.G.A. 16-11-127. O.C.G.A. 21-2-413 (i) states: ‘No person except peace officers regularly employed by the federal, state, county, or municipal government or certified security guards shall be permitted to carry firearms within 150 feet of any polling place.’ Please leave your firearm in your vehicle when you go into a polling location. Possession of a weapon carry permit or a concealed carry permit does not allow you to carry into a polling location.”
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. 26-30: 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. For more: 706-629-7781.
Polk County Elections Office, 144 West Ave., Suite D, Cedartown, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26, 28 and 30.
Nathan Dean Community Center, 604 Goodyear St., Rockmart, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 26, 28 and 30.
Extended hours, both locations, on Oct. 27 and 29: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
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.
Atlanta Press Club will partner with Georgia Public Broadcasting on the statewide debates.
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
First group: Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler faced attacks from both the left and the right during an hourlong virtual debate Monday, as she seeks to hold off Republican Rep. Doug Collins and make it into a likely runoff against Democratic pastor Raphael Warnock. The Atlanta Press Club debate featured six candidates that received at least 2% in two nonpartisan polls, including Loeffler, Collins, Warnock, Democrats Matt Lieberman and Ed Tarver and Libertarian Brian Slowinski. GPB News
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.
Part 1: 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.