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- No lines at the admin building or civic center to vote at 12:40 p.m. Friday. Last chance now through 5 p.m.
- Three new drop boxes for advance ballots still not in service. Floyd elections officials say they are waiting on Secretary of State’s office to authorize them to open for collections.
- State vote total through noon tops 3.7 million.
Who’s due in our area this week: The final full week of campaigning started Sunday when Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Rev. Raphael Warnock was in Rome for a rally. Also on the way:
- Friday: U.S. Sen. David Perdue, Floyd GOP headquarters, 420 Broad St.
- Saturday: U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler will be at the GOP headquarters, 420 Broad St. at 8 a.m. Saturday.
- Sunday or Monday: Potential Trump visit at Richard B. Russell Airport.
This weekend’s permitted assemblies:
Floyd County Democratic Party:
- Today and Tuesday: Sign waving sidewalk at Barron Stadium and Fourth Avenue across from Jefferson’s.
- Saturday: Sign waving at 208 Sixth Ave., Fourth Avenue across from Jefferson’s, Turner McCall at Riverside
- Sunday: Assemble in front of City Hall and Swift & Finch, 1-4 p.m.
Floyd County GOP:
- Today: Sign Waving in front of headquarters on Broad
- Saturday: Sign waving in front of 439 Broad St.
Election night calendar:
- The Floyd County Republican Party will host a watch party Tuesday night at Rome City Brewing at 333 Broad St. from 7 until 11 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
Floyd County: Here are some updated vote numbers as of Tuesday night:
- 45% voter turnout so far (around 60,000 registered voters).
- 9,848 absentee ballots have been processed by the Elections Office.
- 17,725 people have voted in-person at the advance voting locations.
- 27,573 total votes.
- Ballots Cast as of noon on October 30, 2020
- Total Number of Ballots Cast: 3,708,214
- Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast Today: 70,006
- Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast: 2,538,125
- Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast: 1,170,089
Three more drop boxes for absentee ballots are expected before Election Day. They’ll be stationed at:
- Gilbreath Recreation Center, 106 Garden Ave., Lindale
- Anthony Recreation Center, 2901 Garden Lakes Blvd, Rome
- Thornton Recreation Center, 102 North Floyd Park Road, Armuchee
Already in service are:
- Rome Floyd County Library, 205 Riverside Pkwy NE, Rome
- Floyd County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave., Rome
From the League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd County: Absentee Voting
If you have an absentee ballot that you have not yet mailed back, it’s probably too late to mail it. But you can still vote, using your absentee ballot. Complete your absentee ballot carefully (some mistakes can invalidate your ballot). Take your completed ballot to one of the Rome and Floyd County absentee ballot drop-off boxes (see above).You can put your completed absentee ballot in either of these outside drop boxes any day, any time up until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.
All Floyd precincts adopted for election day: Dr. Melanie Conrad of the Floyd County Board of Elections reports that all precinct workers will have meals sent their way on election day. Says Conrad:
“Thank you to all the restaurants, businesses, churches, and community service organizations who stepped up to support our poll workers on Nov. 3. Special thanks to Salter Law for adopting 2 precincts and Olive Garden for not only adopting a precinct, but for helping us with a creative solution to get the remaining two adopted. I am so very proud of our community. We may all have our political differences but I am inspired how we all came together to support all of those on the front line of the electoral process.”
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.”
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, 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.
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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
- Friday: Advance In Person (Early) for the November General Election and Special Election.
- Nov. 3: Election Day, precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.