4 days left for early vot­ing

Three polling places are open through Fri­day for the ELOST, SPLOST and city elec­tions.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

Three polling places are open through Fri­day.

The Rome Civic Cen­ter opened Mon­day as a third uni­ver­sal precinct, draw­ing 50 early vot­ers in ad­vance of the Nov. 7 elec­tion.

The fa­cil­ity on Jack­son Hill joins the Floyd County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 12 E. Fourth Ave., and Gar­den Lakes Bap­tist Church as a lo­ca­tion where any reg­is­tered voter may cast a bal­lot.

Early vot­ing runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Fri­day. All 25 precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Elec­tion Day.

Elec­tions Su­per­vi­sor Wil­lie Green said 50 peo­ple voted at Gar­den Lakes Bap­tist on Mon­day and 119 went to the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing to cast bal­lots. The 219 votes bring the to­tal of early vot­ers to 1,516 since the precincts opened on Oct. 16.

There were 48,275 ac­tive reg­is­tered vot­ers in Floyd County as of Oct. 1.

“His­tor­i­cally mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions have had a lower turnout than gen­eral elec­tions,” Green noted.

Rome vot­ers will choose three city com­mis­sion­ers and all seven school board mem­bers. Cave Spring has three city coun­cil seats on its bal­lot.

All Floyd County vot­ers are de­cid­ing two pro­posed lo­cal op­tion sales tax ex­ten­sions: An $80 mil­lion ELOST for school con­struc­tion and a $63.8 mil­lion SPLOST for spe­cial projects over­seen by the gov­ern­ments.

If ap­proved, the 5-year col­lec­tions would start when the cur­rent ones ex­pire on March 31, 2019.

The cur­rent pack­ages were ap­proved in the 2013 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion year, when fewer than 14,000 vot­ers weighed in. The SPLOST nar­rowly passed, 6,885 to 6,801, and the ELOST re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port, 9,251 to 4,541.

Wil­lie Green

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