Final day to vote in advance is Friday; find out where and when. 45% turnout so far in Floyd; state at 3.7 million early voters or nearly 50%. State candidates due in town through Sunday.

Final day to vote in advance is Friday; find out where and when. 45% turnout so far in Floyd; state at 3.7 million early voters or nearly 50%. State candidates due in town through Sunday.

Advance voting is under way today through Friday at the Rome Civic Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as the Floyd County Public Health Department, the county administration building in downtown Rome and Garden Lakes Baptist Church. Complete list below. Hometown photos.

 

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

Outside the Floyd elections office on First Street.

THE LATEST:

  • 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.
Statewide ballots: The latest numbers from the Secretary of State’s office:
  • 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.”


ADVANCE VOTING UPDATES, by county:

Advance voting in Floyd County:

  • Friday: 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.
  • Friday: Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St.
  • Friday: 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
    • Friday | 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
    • Today – Friday | 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. Friday. For more: 706-629-7781.

Polk County: 

  • Polk County Elections Office, 144 West Ave., Suite D,  Cedartown, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Friday
  • Nathan Dean Community Center, 604 Goodyear St., Rockmart, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday.

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.  GPB News / Atlanta Press Club

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.


ABSENTEE BALLOTS

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

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.
  • Want to apply for an absentee ballot? Click here.

Part 2: Tracking the absentee ballot of an older relative:

  • Oct. 6: Registered to vote in Floyd County (10-year resident).
  • Oct. 6: Applied for absentee ballot; approved.
  • Oct. 6: Absentee ballot issued.
  • Oct. 19: Absentee ballot received.
  • Returned: Oct. 26, outside the elections office.
  • Accepted or rejected: Oct. 26.

VOTERS’ CALENDAR:

  • 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.
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