It all comes down to Tuesday’s vote — and a look at recent election trends. Plus: Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Candidate profiles, Q&A; closer look at $143.8 million in tax extensions. Sample ballots.

It all comes down to Tuesday’s vote — and a look at recent election trends. Plus: Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Candidate profiles, Q&A; closer look at $143.8 million in tax extensions. Sample ballots.

Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth looks at the tax proposals / Radio interviews / Sample ballots 

With voting starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, what can we expect? Turnout could be trending on the light side, given that 3,103 people voted in advance of election day. That represents people from both the cities of Rome and Cave Spring as well as unincorporated Floyd County.

Here are some numbers from recent elections that might put this into perspective.

>2013, the last time we had two “special purpose” taxes on the ballot:

  • Education package: 9,251 votes for (67.1 percent) and 4,541 against (32.9 percent). Projects included a new Coosa High School.
  • Government package: 6,885 votes for, 50.3 percent, and 6,801 votes against or 49.3 percent. This included the tennis center, airport expansion, a new animal shelter and other projects.

>2013 City elections. The top commission candidate received 2,810 votes. The top school board candidate received 2,707 votes.

>2015 City Commission elections: The top candidate received 1,911 votes. No school board elections that year.

>2014: State, county, legislature: 21,243 of 44,591 registered voters in Floyd County cast ballots, or 47.6 percent.

>2016: Presidential, Congress, legislature, local: 35,017 or 45,654 registered voters cast ballots, or 76.7 percent.

Election results courtesy of the Secretary of State’s office and WRGA. 

Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgia voters that Tuesday is Election Day in many counties and cities. Kemp encourages registered voters to check the state’s My Voter Page or free “GA SOS” mobile app to see if their locality is holding an election and view personalized voting information.

Said Kemp. “There are important races going on all across Georgia, and your voice needs to be heard at the ballot box. We offer great resources for voters to know what to expect on the ballot, where to go, and what they need to bring. Once you do your research, go vote and wear your peach voting sticker with pride.”

Check the “My Voter Page”  to view a sample ballot, find your polling location, and locate other helpful information before you go to the polls. You can also access this information by downloading the free “GA SOS” app on your smartphone.

If you suspect or witness any election or voting irregularities, you can submit a complaint through the Secretary of State’s “Stop Voter Fraud” website or call us at (877) 725-9797. All complaints are promptly reviewed by P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officers, and if warranted, officers will open a formal State Election Board investigation.

Here is an updated list of city and county polling locations in Floyd County:

County Poll Alto Park Alto Park Elementary School
528 Burnett Ferry Road
Rome, Georgia 30165
County Poll Armuchee New Armuchee Baptist Church
Church/Christian Life Center
5385 Martha Berry Highway
Rome, Georgia 30165
County Poll Barkers Renaissance Marquis
3126 Cedartown Highway
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Cave Spring Cave Spring Community Center
10 Georgia Avenue
Cave Spring, Georgia 30124
County Poll Chulio Spring Creek Baptist Church
Church/Family Life Center
2636 Chulio Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll East Lindale Hollywood Baptist Church Howell Gymnasium
112 Lombardy Way
Rome, Georgia 30161
City Poll East Rome Floyd County Health Department
16 East 12th Street
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Etowah Senior Citizen Center
1325 Kingston Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Everett Springs Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church
2341 Everett Springs Road
Armuchee, Georgia 30105
County Poll Floyd Springs Floyd Springs Baptist Church
1869 Floyd Springs Road
Rome, Georgia 30165
County Poll Foster’s Mill West Floyd Ruritan Club
146 Livingston Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Garden Lakes Anthony Recreation Center
2901 Garden Lakes Blvd.
Rome, Georgia 30165
County Poll Glenwood Thornton Recreation Center
102 North Floyd Park Road
Rome, Georgia 30165
County Poll Howell Flint Hill Baptist Church
111 Morris Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
City Poll Mt. Alto North Garden Lakes Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall
2200 Redmond Circle NW
Rome, Georgia 30165
City Poll Mt. Alto South Fellowship Baptist Church
314 Burnett Ferry Road
Rome, Georgia 30165
County Poll North Carolina Coosa Middle School  212 Eagle Drive, Rome, GA 30165
City Poll North Rome The Rome Civic Center
400 Civic Center Drive
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Riverside Riverside Baptist Church
48 Ash Street
Rome, Georgia 30161
City Poll South Rome Lovejoy Baptist Church
The Joy Center
436 Branham Avenue
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Texas Valley Armuchee Baptist Church
6648 Big Texas Valley Road
Rome, Georgia 30161
City Poll Town Rome The Rome Civic Center
400 Civic Center Drive
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Vann’s Valley VFW Post 4911
2623 Cedartown Highway
Rome, Georgia 30161
County Poll Watters Shannon Recreation Center/Scout Hut Center
40 Minshew Road
Shannon, Georgia 30172
County Poll West Lindale Gilbreath Recreation Center
106 Garden Avenue
Lindale, Georgia 30147

 

Calendar:

Tuesday: Floyd County Republican Women meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Red Lobster followed by the meeting beginning at noon. Guest speaker: Josh McKoon, candidate for Georgia secretary of state.

The Nov. 7 ballot: Candidate and tax proposals

The 2017 special tax vote extension: The pros and cons on the special tax that would fund projects throughout the county as well as in the cities of Rome and Cave Spring. Now posted at Special Tax

Hometown Radio: 27-minute Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith. SPLOST

The 2017 education tax extension: A closer look at projects both the Floyd County and city of Rome school systems would fund with the extended tax. No posted at Education Tax.

Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $80 million education tax extension with Dr. John Jackson, Floyd Schools, and Lou Byars, Rome City Schools. ELOST

Rome Board of Education: 15 candidate profiles, Q&As on education tax, school system’s direction, technology.Among the items on the ballot on Nov. 7 will be all seven seats for the Rome City Board of Education. Hometown Headlines offers interviews with the record 15 candidates on the ballot. Click Rome School Board

Rome City Commission candidate profiles and their answers to our questions on special taxes, tax allocation districts, economic development and their achievements or goals. There are three Rome City Commission seats on the Nov. 7 ballot from Ward Two; they are the seats held by Wendy Davis, Jamie Doss and Sue Lee. All three are running for re-election and face challengers Bill Kerestes, Randy Quick and Monica Sheppard. Click City Commission

Campaign finance reports: You’ll find the updated reports for the City Commission and School Board candidates here

Additional resources

Georgia Highlands College’s Community Watch program has shared interviews with the six Rome City Commission candidates for three seats on Ward Two performed by Dr. Jonathan Hershey, Dean, Humanities Division and  GHC alumnus Greg Shropshire. The shows currently are running on GHTV Comcast Channel 4 as well.  Look for interviews with the 15 school board candidates soon. The links:

School Board: Here’s the link to the School Board candidate profiles from Community Watch: School Board

SAMPLE BALLOTS

Below please find the sample ballots for the Rome City Commission, Rome School Board and countywide government and education tax extension proposals. The ballots were taken from the elections office’s home page. Click here for more.

Rome voters only: City Commission and School Board races.
Education tax extension proposal; going before voters in Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd County.
Municipal and county government tax extension proposal; going before voters in Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd County.

 

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