Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for voters’ last chance to weigh in on a presidential contest that’s been running nearly two years.
Two proposed amendments to the state Constitution and a host of local and state races also are on the ballot. Nearly a third of Floyd County’s 47,169 registered voters cast their ballots early, but Elections Supervisor Evon Billups said she’s still expecting a busy day.
“I’m going for the eight-oh, 80 percent turnout,” she said Monday. “There’s been a lot of interest and I’m not changing my mind about that.”
More than 800 absentee ballots also have been returned by mail, and they’ll continue to be accepted through 7 p.m. tonight.
Billups said pollworkers will be sequestered at noon today to start opening and processing the paper ballots. Those will likely be the first results reported on the county’s website after the polls close.
While early voting took place at two universal centers, today’s voters must go to their assigned precincts. Those who moved but failed to file an address-change before the Oct. 9 deadline will be on the rolls at their old location.
“Don’t come to the election office,” Billups said. “We don’t have voting here on Tuesday.”
Voters must bring a photo ID to receive a ballot. Georgia law also dictates that they can’t wear or otherwise display political messages within 150 feet of a polling place or 25 feet of a person standing in line to vote.
“There is no electioneering at the precincts,” Billups said. “You will be turned away if you go in there with your buttons, your T-shirts or your candidates’ signs.”
There was some minor confusion during the primary, when elections officials assigned city and county voters to the same precincts because they shared a state House district.
Billups said the affected city voters been switched back to their original precincts — Mount Alto North, Town Rome and North Rome — so no problems are expected today.
“But if anyone does have a question, they need to see the poll manager before they cast that ballot. Otherwise, we can’t do anything about it,” she said.
Residents of Rome will get ballots without the Floyd County Board of Education races that all voters in the unincorporated area and Cave Spring will decide.
Alto Park — Alto Park Elementary School, 528 Burnett Ferry Road
Armuchee — New Armuchee Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 5385 Martha Berry Highway
Barkers — Renaissance Marquis, 3126 Cedartown Highway
Cave Spring — Cave Spring Community Center, 10B Georgia Avenue
Chulio — Spring Creek Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2636 Chulio Road
Etowah — Senior Adult Recreation Center, 1325 Kingston Road
Everett Springs — Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, 2341 Everett Springs Road
Floyd Springs — Floyd Springs Baptist Church, 1469 Floyd Springs Road
Foster’s Mill — West Floyd Ruritan Club, 146 Livingston Road
Garden Lakes — Anthony Recreation Center, 2901 Garden Lakes Blvd.
Glenwood — Thornton Recreation Center, 102 North Floyd Park Road
Howell — Flint Hill Baptist Church, 111 Morris Road
East Lindale — Hollywood Baptist Church, 112 Lombardy Way
Mt. Alto North — Garden Lakes Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 2200 Redmond Circle
Mt. Alto South — Fellowship Baptist Church, 314 Burnett Ferry Road
North Carolina — Coosa High School, 4454 Alabama Highway
Riverside — Riverside Baptist Church, 48 Ash St.
East Rome — Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St.
North Rome — Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, Jackson Hill
South Rome — Lovejoy Baptist Church, Joy Life Center, 436 Branham Ave.
Texas Valley — Armuchee Baptist Church, 6648 Big Texas Valley Road
Vann’s Valley — VFW Post 4911, 2623 Cedartown Highway
Watters — Scout Hut Center, Gaines Road and First Street, Shannon
West Lindale — Gilbreath Recreation Center, 106 Garden Ave.
Town Rome — Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, Jackson Hill
Click to see the My Voter website to see check your registration status.
SAMPLE BALLOT CANDIDATE LIST
Mitt Romney (R)
Barack Obama (D)(I)
Gary Johnson (L)
Public Service Commissioner
Chuch Eaton (R) (I)
Stephen Oppenheimer (D)
Brad Ploeger (L)
Public Service Commissioner
Stan Wise (R) (I)
David Staples (L)
Congress, 14th District
Tom Graves (R) (I)
Daniel “Danny” Grant (D)
State Senate, 52nd District
Chuck Hufstetler (R)
State House, 12th District*
Eddie Lumsden (R)
Barbara Massey Reece (D) (I)
State House, 13th District*
Katie M. Dempsey (R) (I)
State House, 14th District*
Christian Coomer (R ) (I)
Leigh E. Patterson (D) (I)
Clerk of Superior Court
Mark McAllister (R)
Barbara H. Penson (D) (I)
Cary Cooper (R)
Timothy Lowell Burkhalter (D) (I)
Kevin Payne (R) (I)
Barry R. Henderson (D) (I)
County Commissioner, Post 2
Garry E. Fricks (R) (I)
Gary D. Harrell (D)
County Commissioner, Post 3
Irwin Bagwell (R) (I)
Richard C. “Rick” Garrett (D)
County Board of Education, District 2*
David Cox (R) (I)
Everett Ballard (D)
County Board of Education, District 3*
Brian R. Barcomb (R) (I)
County Board of Education, District 5*
George Bevels (D) (I)
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state’s operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements?
*Not on all ballots, depends on where voters live. (I) = incumbent.