Registered voters in Floyd County do not have to cast absentee ballots in the June 9th primary election. In-person voting will be offered with precautions to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Tom Rees, Chair of Floyd County’s Board of Elections and Registration, indicates that early in-person voting will be offered at the Rome Civic Center starting on Monday, May 18th.
The voting process may take a little longer than normal as special precaution will be taken to allow for social distancing among voters, adds Dr. Rees. The need for extra space is the reason that early voting will be offered at the Civic Center instead of at the Elections Office in downtown Rome.
Dr. Rees urges those who do opt to vote in person to follow health guidelines to protect poll workers; many of these people are older and among those most vulnerable to coronavirus.
Hand sanitizer will be available to voters before and after they vote, says Dr. Rees, who urges voters to wear masks when going to cast their ballots. There will be a maximum of 10 voters permitted in the early voting area.
The county is in the midst of installing a pair of lock boxes for drop off of all absentee ballots, indicates Dr. Rees. That will provide another option for the absentee voters who would prefer not to mail in their ballots.
For information about the June 9th primary election, early in-person voting, or absentee voting, call the Floyd County Elections Office at (706) 291-5167 or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.
Key races on the ballots of local voters in the June 9th primary include those for Floyd County Sheriff and the 14th Congressional District.