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Busy Floyd county election year includes local, state, and presidential bids

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The Floyd County Elections Office is preparing for a hectic 2016.

New Elections Supervisor Willie Green III said his office is ordering new ballots, contacting poll workers and preparing to check the touch-screen voting machines for logic and accuracy.

The first election on the calendar is the presidential preference primary, set to take place on March 1. Voters will choose who they want as the Democratic or Republican presidential candidates.

Voters must be registered by Feb. 1. Advanced voting will begin Feb. 8 and end Feb. 26.

A general primary election will be held on May 24, with the registration deadline on April 26.

Outgoing Elections Supervisor Evon Billups said this will give voters the opportunity to choose who they want to run for local, state and congressional offices.

The Floyd County district attorney, two Floyd County Commission seats, Floyd County Sheriff, state House and Senate seats and U.S. House seats will be among those up for election.

Advanced voting for this election will begin on May 2 and end on May 20.

If needed, a general primary runoff will be held July 26.

Advanced voting for the runoff would begin on July 5 and end on July 22, if needed.

The general election will be Nov. 8. Voters have to be registered to vote by at least Oct. 11. Advanced voting will begin on Oct. 17 and end on Nov. 4.

Georgia has an online voter registration option on the secretary of state’s website, registertovote.sos.ga.gov. Those wishing to register to vote can also visit the Floyd County Elections Office at the bottom floor of the Floyd County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.

Green said people should continue to look at the website, romefloyd.com/departments/board-of-elections, for updates.