By Natalie Simms
With less than a month to go until the Nov. 7 election, local elections officials are gearing up for a busy October with voter registration deadlines and early voting ahead of Election Day.
The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, Oct. 10. You can register to vote online at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office or in person at the Floyd County Board of Elections Department, 12 East 4th Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can also register by mail if postmarked by Oct. 10.
Early voting begins next Monday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Nov. 3. There will also be a special weekend early voting on Oct. 28-29. Early voting locations:
- Floyd Administration Building, Oct. 16-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
- Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
- Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Oct. 16-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
- Rome Civic Center, Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
On Election Day, Nov. 7, all polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in the North Carolina precinct will return to Coosa Middle School to vote on Election Day.
As for the ballot, all City of Rome voters will be voting on City Commission (selecting 3 candidates for Post 2), Rome City Board of Education (selecting 7 out of 15 candidates), the $80 million Education Special Local Option Sales Tax extension (ESPLOST) and the city/county $63.8 million Special Local Option Sales Tax extension (SPLOST). County voters will be voting on ESPLOST and SPLOST referendums only.
Floyd County Elections Supervisor Willie Green says he predicts “12% to 14% of registered voters” will turnout for this year’s election.
Voters can visit Floyd County Board of Elections to locate additional elections information or call the Board of Elections and Registration Department at 706-291-5167.
This year, there is nothing on ballot for Bartow County voters. Only those residing in the cities of Adairsville, Cartersville, Euharlee, Kingston and White will be heading to the polls this time.
Voters in Cartersville will be voting on Mayor, three City Council positions and four Cartersville School Board positions. You can click here to see sample ballots for each city.
The Bartow County Elections and Voter Registration office will be sending out absentee ballots on Monday, Oct. 16. You can request one in writing between now and Nov. 3.
Early/Advance voting will be open at the following locations and dates:
- Bartow County Board of Elections, 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy., Oct. 16-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday- Friday.
- Manning Mill Park Facility, 163B Manning Mill Rd., Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Only voters who reside within the city limits of Adairsville will be accepted at this facility.
- Cartersville Civic Center, 435 West Main St., Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Only voters who reside within the city limits of Cartersville will be accepted at this facility.
- White City Hall, 29 West Rocky St., Oct. 31-Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. Only voters who reside within the city limits of White will be accepted at this facility.
- The only location for individuals who reside within the city limits of the cities of Euharlee and Kingston to participate in Advance Voting is the Board of Elections Office at 1300 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy in Cartersville.
Bartow Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk says no municipal polling places have changed since the last municipal election cycle, but “it is worth noting that voters in the City of White will vote at City Hall instead of the church that they usually vote at because the city and county do not share a polling place in that case.”
Click here for more information on Bartow Municipal elections.