designated precincts. They instead have the option to vote early at either the Ringgold precinct on Evitt Street next to Catoosa County Fire and Rescue, or at the Westside precinct at West Side Elementary School
In addition to Thursday’s (Oct. 25) closing numbers, Moore added that 194 residents had cast ballots at the two precincts as of 11:30 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 26.
That number brought the overall total to 7,488 of the county’s 40,225 active voters (an 18.6 percent turnout so far).
After the big week one numbers, Moore said the turnout numbers were encouraging and reminiscent of the last presidential election.
She said Friday morning (Oct. 26) that the numbers could grow this week (the third week) of early voting.
“The third week is usually always the busiest, so it’ll be interesting to see if it goes that way this year considering how busy we were the first week of early voting,” Moore said.
The three-week window for early voting closes Friday, Nov. 2.
Polls are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch closures from noon to 1 p.m.
Also, early voting will be available Thursday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Again, on Election Day, Nov. 6, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Although residents can vote at Ringgold or Westside during early voting, they’ll need to go to their designated precinct on Election Day.
There are no local contested races to be decided on the ballot, but voters still have plenty to consider this election season as they vote for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and other offices.
What to bring to the polls
Voters are required to present an acceptable ID at the poll. This may be a valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS); a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state; a valid U.S. passport ID; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.
“A lot of people think they need to bring their precinct card to vote, they don’t…they just need their government issued ID,” Moore said.
The Freedom Center, Ringgold’s voting precinct on Evitt Street, is one of the two locations where residents can cast early ballots. The Westside precinct on Lakeview Drive is the other location.