Showers are most likely before the polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, although the day is expected to remain cloudy with temperatures in the low 50s.
Nearly a third of the county’s registered voters — 14,365 people — took advantage of the early voting period, which ended Friday.
That 30.45 percent falls a little short of the 38.43 percent who came out in advance for the 2008 presidential election, but local officials are confident there will be a healthy turnout.
“I’d say 70 percent easy,” Elections Board Chairman Pete McDonald said.
Elections Supervisor Evon Billups said thousands of absentee ballots also were requested, so turnout could be as high as 80 percent, depending on how many of them are returned.
The number of registered voters in Floyd County has been increasing, but the percentage who vote appears to be decreasing.
Turnout was about 73 percent in 2008 compared to 77 percent for the 2004 presidential election.
Still, enthusiasm is running high this year, as evidenced by the voter rolls. According to Georgia secretary of state reports, Floyd County had 46,025 registered voters as of Oct. 1 and 47,169 as of Nov. 1 — an increase of more than 1,100 people.
Topping the ballot is the presidential race between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and his challengers Republican Mitt Romney and Libertarian Gary Johnson.
There also are eight certified write-in candidates, which means those votes will be counted and announced.
The candidates are Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party; Virgil Goode of the American Constitution Party; independents David C. Byrne, Darrell Hykes, Erin Kent Magee and Jill Reid; James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party; and Jill Stein of the Green Party.
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
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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.