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And now we wait. We wait in line at area precincts as a healthy turnout is forecast in addition to more than 100,000 early votes across Northwest Georgia and nearly 4 million statewide. And, after 7 p.m., we wait for national, state and local results — all of which are likely to stretch into Wednesday and maybe even later.
In Floyd County, we checked with Dr. Melanie Conrad, a member of the Board of Elections, about what to expect today and tonight.
“Wednesday is probably a good prediction. Barring any technical issues, the process of tabulating the absentees should go quickly. The same is true for in-person vote tallies. I think the delay will be in processing the ballots that require arbitration. These are the absentee ballots that, for a variety of reasons, can’t be tabulated by the machine and must be adjudicated by hand by a panel of adjudicators. Given the number of absentees, that number will likely be higher.”
Also, five techs from Dominion (election machine company) and the Secretary of State’s Office will be in Floyd County to assist on related issues, Conrad says.
In Gordon County, they’re “hoping to be finished by 10 p.m. We have processed most of the absentee ballots (3,800-plus),” says Shea Hicks, chair of the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office.
In Polk County, Elections Coordinator Brande Coggins says “I think we will see approximately 80% voter turnout here in Polk County but with the year that we had…who knows!”
About election coverage: Our recommendations…
- Pick your TV network or cable news provider for the national perspective. This is a national and state story more than it is local results. We’ll have more on this after the precincts close this evening.
- The best bet: The TV, desktop or laptop for national and state results, and your smart phone for local results. We’ll post on the website and social media.
- For a mix of national and state with some local, we recommend WSB TV (ABC and Channel 2.
- For a radio mix of national and state, we recommend 97.7 FM, WGPB. Bill Nygut, the veteran Atlanta political report and now host of GPB’s Political Rewind weekly show, will anchor coverage with rotating state contributors. You can listen online here.
- Local results: We’ll be tracking updates from the Secretary of State’s office as well as the Floyd County Elections Office. We’ll also have continuing updates from Bartow, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties.
What happens after the vote and results announced?
- Will we see protests, civil unrest? We check with local authorities and expects on Oct. 19 and nothing has really changed since then. Here’s what they had to say.
Election Day events:
- Floyd County Democratic Party: Sign waving sidewalk at Barron Stadium and Fourth Avenue across from Jefferson’s.
- 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.
ABOUT THAT EARLY VOTE: 101,610 vote early (in person, absentee) so far from Northwest Georgia with absentee ballots still arriving.
Floyd County: Through Friday
- 10,882 absentee ballots have been processed by the Elections Office (as of noon Friday)
- 24,280 people have voted in-person at the advance voting locations.
- 35,162 total votes.
Bartow County: Through Friday
- 9,742 absentee ballots returned.
- 27,274 people voted in-person at the advance voring locations.
- 37,016 total votes, equals a 49.79% voter turnout so far.
- Turnout for Tuesday? Joseph Kirk, Elections Supervisor says, “As far as the total number for the entire cycle – no idea. I’ve based my staffing and supply estimates on an 80% turnout overall split 50/50 between absentee and Election Day voters. In 2020, it wouldn’t surprise me to still see a 40% turnout on Election Day.”
Gordon County: Through Friday.
- 3.825 absentee ballots returned.
- 11,896 people have voted in-person at advance voting locations.
- 15,721 total votes.
- Shea Hicks, Gordon County Elections Chairperson, says “We are predicting an 80% voter turnout.”
Polk County: Through Friday
- 2,658 absentee ballots returned.
- 11,053 people have voted in-person at advance voting locations.
- 13,711 total votes.
- From Brande Coggins, Elections Coordinator: “We are anticipating an 80% turnout for Polk which would mean an additional 9,000 votes on Tuesday!”
Statewide ballots: The latest numbers from the Secretary of State’s office through 8 p.m. Saturday:
- Total Number of Ballots Cast: 3,902,961
- Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast Today: 319
- Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast: 2,687,523
- Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast: 1,215,438
Three more drop boxes for absentee ballots will not be operational until at least Monday. 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
- Elections Office Main Entrance Door, 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy, Cartersville
- Bartow County Courthouse
- Allatoona Resource Center
- Manning Mill Park Gym
- Euharlee City Hall
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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