Floyd County residents will get a chance to vote on a Sunday during the three weeks of early voting, an additional day not initially included in the county’s schedule.
Elections officials said early voting will occur from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Floyd County Administration Building, 12 E. Fourth Ave.
“It’s just another opportunity to get people out and vote,” said Alvin Jackson, a founding member of 100 Black Men, who spearheaded the push for the extra day in Floyd County.
Early voting begins Oct. 13, and is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the administration building. There’s one day of early voting on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed now by one day of Sunday voting.
The Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, also will be open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 27 to 31.
Early voting ends Oct. 31. Election day is Nov. 4.
Sunday voting grabbed headlines late last month when Republican state Sen. Fran Millar called it a “blatantly partisan move,” claiming that proposed locations in DeKalb County were near large black churches.
Jackson said Millar’s arguments didn’t work in Floyd County, calling the administration building a neutral site.
Layla Shipman, Floyd County Republican Party chairman, said Sunday voting gives no benefit to either party. Her concern is how much more money it’ll cost to have the additional day.
“We really need to look at the cost effectiveness,” Shipman said. “That’s my main issue. Is the cost versus the turnout worth having the Sunday vote?”
Elections officials say early voting workers are paid $8 an hour. At least three workers are required for each day of early voting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.