There have only been a couple of reports of difficulty with voting equipment locally. One of the express voter check in machines at the Big Texas Valley voting location went out, said Floyd County Manager Blaine Williams. The elections office just used the other machine and no voter data was lost, Williams said.
The polls opened in Floyd County at 7 a.m. and, despite the rain, precinct managers say that people were already waiting to vote.
At 2:45 p.m., South Rome had 257 voters cast ballots out of 1,179 active registered voters.
The only problems reported so far with voting today in Floyd County was a brief power outage Glenwood precinct located at the Thornton Recreation Center at 102 North Floyd Park Road.
Floyd County Election Supervisor Evon Billups said Georgia Power had the power back on at the precinct without any further incidents not only after the power went out.
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Most polling places have found that long lines have been the only issues during today's vote.
The West Lindale precinct at the Gilbreath Recreation Center had over 400 voters by 11 a.m. this morning and moved rooms inside the center.
Precinct manager Bob Peveler said that the room they originally had their voting machines set up in would have been too small for the number of people that were waiting to vote when they opened the doors.
They moved them to the gymnasium and had a line two and three people wide go across the floor.
“If everything goes right we’ll have about 1,200 to 1,600 vote here today,” Peveler said.
The West Lindale precinct has 2,204 active registered voters.
Over at the East Lindale precinct at the recreation center at Hollywood Baptist Church, manager Jim Hudson said things were going smoothly after they had 150 voters in the first hour they were opened.
At 10:15 a.m. they had 353 people vote out of the 3,105 active registered voters in the precinct.
The East Rome precinct had 460 people vote by 11:30 a.m. There are 3,422 active registered voters in the precinct.
The Senior Citizen Center at Etowah Park had 312 voters by 9 a.m. out of the 3,894 active registered voters for the precinct.
“We were swamped when we opened up,” said Jane Webb, Etowah precinct manager. “We had all of the chairs in here filled and people had to stand.”
She said everyone was very patient and understanding and the crowd was out in about 30 minutes.
“And it’s been steady ever since,” Webb said.
The Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill, which holds both the Town Rome and the North Rome precinct polling places, was moving people quickly through.
Both precincts had around 200 voters by 9:30 a.m. Town Rome has 2,801 active registered voters while North Rome has 2,357.
“We had between 30 or 40 waiting at each door when we opened this morning,” said Sam Freeman, precinct manager for North Rome.
“We had one man who had been waiting since 6 a.m. But we got them inside and out of the weather.”
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Freeman said that he felt that the turnout had been slower than expected after the initial rush but that people should start coming out once the rain stopped.
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Some 50 voters were lined up outside of the East Rome polling station located at the Floyd County Health Department on East 12th Street when it first opened at 7 a.m. Initial lines at the precinct have since shrunk, and by 8 a.m. voting only took between 5 and 10 minutes.
At the Town Rome precinct on Jackson Hill, 79 people had voted by 7:50 a.m. out of 2,714 registered voters.
Check back throughout the day for more updates from polling places around Rome and Floyd County.