Election Day: Moderate turnout so far today; precincts close at 7 p.m. Also: Injunction filed seeking records for voting equipment testing; paper work released.

Election Day: Moderate turnout so far today; precincts close at 7 p.m. Also: Injunction filed seeking records for voting equipment testing; paper work released.

Below: Election calendar / Taped candidate forums / Nov. 2 ballots
  • 2:20 p.m. Longtime contributor was no. 128 at Town Rome.
  • 1:34 p.m. Rome insurance salesman Mark Swanson has filed an injunction seeking access to records of the recent “logic and accuracy” testing for voting machines used this election cycle. The Board of Elections earlier publicized such testing started on Sunday, Oct. 10, and observers were welcome (Swanson was there). The first machines tested were for advance voting which started Oct. 12. The elections office continued to check the machines now in six city precincts. Swanson’s injunction was heard in superior court by Bryan Johnson and Swanson has been given the test results; his injunction has been withdrawn (based on reports by the Rome News-Tribune, WRGA and Hometown Headlines)
  • 11 a.m. Five cars (not county the Floyd County sheriff’s vehicle on the right) were outside the Rome Civic Center just before 11 a.m. Tuesday as voting continued in Rome’s City Commission and School Board elections.
  • 10:40 a.m. One of our veteran election watchers says he was no. 56 to vote at the Mount Alto South precinct at Fellowship Baptist Church on Burnett Ferry Road Tuesday morning. He adds there were a few more behind him so he estimated 65 people by midmorning.
  • Please share your voting experience here. Just click druck@hometownheadlines.com (please include your precinct).


The Floyd County Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at noon in the Community Room located in the County Administration Building at 12 E. Fourth Ave. in Rome. The meeting is open to the public. Citizens who wish to attend in person are asked to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Agenda:

11.9.2021 BOER Agenda

The Floyd County Board of Elections & Registration will interview four candidates to be the next elections clerk as part of a Special Called Session on Friday, Nov. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Admin Conference Room located in Suite 207 of the County Administration Building at 12 E. Fourth Ave., Rome. Interviews are set at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. as well as 2 p.m. With the exception of the executive session, the meeting is open to the public.  Citizens who wish to attend in person are asked to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a casual conversation last week, a clerk working an advance voting station in Rome told the chair of Floyd County’s Board of Elections that today’s races are more important than the state or national contests.
Dr. Melanie Conrad, chair of the elections board, at one of last year’s recounts.
The reasons she gave: The commissioners are the ones making the decisions on how we live and the school board members decide what our children learn, says Dr. Melanie Conrad in recalling that conversation.
Whether Rome’s voters agree is another matter; turnout in mostly local elections often is low. But Conrad is hopeful of a good turnout, in part because of the response to advance and absentee voting leading up to today’s balloting at six precincts. Almost 1,200 people already have made their decisions and those first votes will be counted after precincts close tonight at 7. From there, the elections office will tabulate the votes that will decide three City Commission seats and all seven Rome Board of Education posts.
We’re expecting the first results before 8 p.m.; the deadline for filing them to the Secretary of State’s Office is 10 tonight. For sure, there will be one new face on the City Commission and on the Rome Board of Education.
One change today will be where Mount Alto North voters cast ballots. The church wasn’t available so the precinct was moved to the Anthony Center. The only other major change will be handling voters who show up at the wrong precincts. Previously, those voters were given provisional ballots. Today, if there is time, they’ll be directed to their intended precinct. But if the discovery is made within the last hour of voting, he or she will cast a provisional vote to be verified later, says Conrad.
On Monday, crews placed and tested the machines at the city precincts.
We list the precincts below. To double check, go to the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page and you’ll get a definitive answers on where to vote. Click here.
Early voting totals: 1,045 “advance” ballots were cast over the past three weeks. That includes both the elections office in downtown Rome and later, the Rome Civic Center. Another 115 absentee ballots were received as well. Also, 32 voters used the drop box at the administration building.


Election day, precincts open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

  • Mt. Alto North precinct has moved to Anthony Recreation Center at 2901 Garden Lakes Boulevard, Rome, across from Garden Lakes Elementary School.
  • Please click here for a sample ballot.
  • Weather forecast: Sunny, high of 64.
  • Where to vote on Tuesday:
City Poll Mt. Alto North Anthony Recreation Center
2901 Garden Lakes Blvd.
Rome, GA 30165
City Poll Mt. Alto South Fellowship Baptist Church
314 Burnett Ferry Road
Rome, GA 30165
City Poll East Rome Floyd County Health Department
16 East 12th Street
Rome, GA 30161
City Poll North Rome The Rome Civic Center
400 Civic Center Drive
Rome, GA 30161
City Poll Town Rome  The Rome Civic Center
400 Civic Center Drive
Rome, GA 30161
City Poll South Rome Lovejoy Baptist Church
The Joy Center
436 Branham Avenue
Rome, GA 30161


Nov. 2 ballots:


City Commission, three seats, Ward 2: Top three vote-getters win the seats.

  • Elaina Beeman
  • LuGina Brown
  • Jamie Doss (incumbent)
  • Tyrone Holland
  • Victor Hixon
  • Randy Quick (incumbent)

Rome Board of Education, seven seats: Top seven vote-getters win the seats.

  • Pascha Burge
  • Will Byington (incumbent)
  • Faith Collins (incumbent)
  • Dr. Melissa Davis (incumbent)
  • Jill Fisher (incumbent)
  • Alvin Jackson Sr. (incumbent)
  • Tracy Anthony-McDew
  • Ron Roach
  • John Uldrick (incumbent)


Six people have qualified to run for the three City Council seats this fall.

  • Incumbent Charles Jackson is challenged by Stacey Royston.
  • Incumbent Nellie McCain is challenged by Jason West.
  • Incumbent Nancy Fricks is challeged by Steve Pierce.



On Nov. 2, Cartersville voters will elect the Mayor, three) City Council seats (wards 1, 3 and 5) and four School Board seats: Wards 1, 2, 5 and 6.

  • Mayor: Barbara Jackson, Matt Santini

Ward 3: Valerie H.  Watlz, Cary Roth.

School Board

  • No races challenged.


  • Post 3: James Castro, Joe Pullium
  • Post 4: Taylor Forsyth, Brandey Jenkins


  • City commission, at large: Jody Bishop, Stephen Jordan, Jarette Shaw
  • Rerendum: Issue permits for the sale of packed ,distilled beverages?


  • Mayor: Craig Guyton, Ronald Nesbitt
  • City Council, at large; Greg Free vs Joseph
  • Referendum: Allow change city boundaries?


  • Post 1: Alan Cochran, Roxie Pritchhete


  • City council, at least: Gary Crisp, Stephanie Nichelson, Curtis Powers


Who’s on Tuesday’s ballot:


  • Daniel Johnson
  • Dickie Gazaway
  • Stephen Wilson

Cedartown City Commission

  • Sam Branch
  • Matt Foster
  • Jessica Brewster Payton

Rockmart City Council

  • Ward 1: Will Dover, Joe Henderson
  • Ward 3: Lucille Harris
  • Ward 4: Michael Bradley


The Floyd County Republican Women meet Tuesday, Nov. 2, at The Palladium, 69 Church St., beginning at noon. Guest speaker: State Rep. Katie Dempsey who will introduce state Sen. Bruce Thompson, who is running for state labor commissioner.


The League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd County hosted the Rome City Commission forum. 

 The League of Women Voters Rome-Floyd County  sponsored a candidates forum for Rome Board of Education candidates. You can watch the replay below:

LWVRF ran short of time during our recent forum and asked the Rome City School Board Candidates to provide a closing statement in 3 sentences or less. Thanks to all those who participated.
Pascha Burge: John Maxwell said, “Leaders become great NOT because of their power, but because of their ability to EMPOWER others, Leadership is not about being in charge, it’s about taking care of the people IN YOUR CHARGE.” The current board has done some good work, made some tough decisions and now I want to be a part of the next chapter that will propel Rome City Schools to the next level, where ALL schools will be a place that ANY parent, like Jackie Knight, would be proud to send their child. I want to bring back that “Sparkle” of excitement to attend school and get back to making it a more rewarding environment for our teachers, parents, & children to thrive.
Faith Collins: I would like to Thank you for your support and I ask for your support again on Nov 2.
I will continue to be a productive & effective Board member for RCS. Thank You!
Dr. Melissa Davis: As a parent, former educator, and pediatrician, I will stand by each child, advocating for a safe and excellent education. I will listen carefully, think differently, and be bold in action to ensure the opportunity for academic success for your child. I ask you for the opportunity to again stand with every child in the Rome City School District
Jill Fisher: Besides opening Main Elementary School and the College and Career Academy, we have achieved so much at Rome City Schools these last four years, such as being designated a GSBA Distinguished School Board; increasing communication within the community and with our parents (we now have a new app!); purchasing new laptops for every student and teacher; introducing TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention), a social-emotional learning program, at all of our schools; and managing our own transportation system with over 37 new buses for our students. Rome City Schools is the place to be and our student population is growing. My goal is to continue pushing towards excellence at all of our schools and addressing the needs of a larger school population while remaining fiscally responsible.
Alvin Jackson: I have dedicated my entire life to serving Rome and would like to continue to do so. As a School Board Member, my goal is to see all of our Rome City School students graduate with a degree or career choice that prepares them for life in the decades of 2020s,30s,40s and beyond and which will bring them the ability to pursue the American Dream for themselves and their future generations. I am asking for your vote on November 2nd so that I can serve a 2nd term on the Rome City School Board.
Tracy McDew: I am Tracy McDew and you should vote for me because:
I am Accountable- I say what I mean and mean what I say.
I am Approachable- I am a call away; I can be reached by email and even in the store.
I am Assertive- I will get the job done to make sure that all of our children are the best in the country.
Ron Roach: Provide the teachers and all support personnel including bus drivers, lunchroom workers and custodians with a voice from someone with over 40 years experience in the classroom. Someone who can relate to their needs to maintain a high standard of morale. These are key ingredients that guarantee the best environment for student success.

One Community United’s school board forum.

The NAACP’s forum with City Commission candidates.


Live from Summerville, it’s MSNBC/NBC’s County-by-County: Announced just this week, correspondent Ellison Barber was live from Chattooga County on NBC’s MSNBC this week with a feature on Trump’s appeal to the Northwest Georgia county.

It last 3:20 minutes and is about what you’d expect from the national media covering our area: Trump, Greene, vaccine mandates, socialism fears and most other hot buttons. Barber says most in the county are “Baptist or evangelical.” Several voters are introduced and you’ll recognize The Crushed Tomato in Summerville  as one of the “shoot” scenes.

You’ll cringe a bit at the start as the live anchor has a hard time handing off to Barber, stumbling on “Ch-Ch-Chattooga County … that’s a mouthful.” Really?. Watch it here; we had some audio issues.


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