Last call to vote in gen­eral elec­tion

♦ Vot­ers must go to their as­signed precincts be­tween 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to­day.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­ner@RN-T.com

It’s Elec­tion Day.

All 25 precincts in Floyd County are open to­day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lo­cal vot­ers will weigh in on a host of statewide races — from gover­nor on down — fill Ge­or­gia Gen­eral As­sem­bly seats and de­cide a County Com­mis­sion con­test.

About 30.2 per­cent of the county’s 52,547 reg­is­tered vot­ers cast their bal­lots dur­ing the early vot­ing pe­riod. That’s al­ready nudg­ing the 47.6 per­cent turnout rate for the 2014 midterms.

“Not only in Floyd County, but na­tion­wide, there have been lines like we haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced in many years,” said Elec­tions Board Chair Steve Miller.

There also are five pro­posed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments and two bal­lot ques­tions to be de­cided. Miller is en­cour­ag­ing vot­ers to read them be­fore en­ter­ing the polls.

“This alone could help al­le­vi­ate lengthy lines,” he said.

The weather could put a slight damper on turnout, with show­ers and thun­der­storms ex­pected be­fore 1 p.m. They’ll start to ta­per off af­ter that, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, clear­ing af­ter 3 p.m.

How­ever, voter-en­gage­ment ap­pears to be high. More than 36 per­cent of the lo­cal early vot­ers didn’t cast bal­lots in the 2014 elec­tion, which fea­tured the U.S. Se­nate race be­tween David Per­due and Michelle Nunn along with Ja­son Carter’s chal­lenge to Nathan Deal for the gov­er­nor­ship.

Deal is term-limited and this year’s match-up for the open seat, be­tween Demo­crat Stacey Abrams and Repub­li­can Brian Kemp, has drawn na­tional at­ten­tion. There are also con­tests for lieu­tenant gover­nor, at­tor­ney gen­eral, sec­re­tary of state and other con­sti­tu­tional of­fices.

Lo­cally, all city and county vot­ers will de­cide the County Com­mis­sion Post 1 race be­tween in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Rhonda Wal­lace and Demo­cratic chal­lenger Stephanie Wright.

The state Se­nate Dis­trict 52 race — where Demo­crat Evan Ross is vy­ing to oust Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Chuck Huf­stetler — also in­volves the whole county, along with parts of Chat­tooga, Gor­don and Bar­tow.

Vot­ers in the city of Rome and a swath of cen­tral Floyd County will choose be­tween Demo­crat John Bur­nette II and Repub­li­can in­cum­bent Katie Dempsey for the state House Dis­trict 13 seat. In the west­ern un­in­cor­po­rated area, state Rep. Ed­die Lums­den of Ar­muchee is un­op­posed.

In the south­east­ern part of the county, Chris­tian Coomer is un­op­posed for re-elec­tion to the state House Dis­trict 14 seat. How­ever, Coomer was sworn in Oct. 31 as a judge on the State Court of Ap­peals.

Miller said Coomer’s of­fi­cial with­drawal from the race did not come in time to change the bal­lots but votes for him will not be counted.

“We are an­tic­i­pat­ing a call for a spe­cial elec­tion to be held some­time in mid-De­cem­ber, and we will be pre­pared,” Miller said.

Vot­ers to­day must go to their as­signed precincts, which are noted on their voter cards. They’re also listed on the Ge­or­gia My Voter Page web­site, along with a map and per­son­al­ized sam­ple bal­lot.

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