Hundreds of people crowded into Floyd County’s two advance voting locations Monday to cast ballots ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.
Poll officers were greeted by lines when they arrived Monday morning at both sites — the Floyd County Administration Building at 12 E. Fourth Ave., and at Garden Lakes Baptist Church at 2200 Redmond Circle.
On Monday, 1,056 people cast ballots.
Floyd County has 44,567 voters eligible for the elections.
“We’ve been really busy all day,” said Frances Herron, poll officer at Garden Lakes, on Monday afternoon. “We had at least 25 people waiting at 7:30 a.m. and as of noon Monday, we had more than 150 voters.”
Floyd County Elections Supervisor Willie Green said the administration building also had a nice line first thing and the polling place was consistently busy the whole day.
“Everything ran smoothly, with no problems,” Green said. “The comments I am getting show that voters are pleased to have the two locations open and are happy with the speed of the lines.”
A third site at the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill will open Oct. 31.
All three sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays through Nov. 4. The Floyd County Administration Building also will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 29-30 for those who want to vote on the weekend.
“We were hoping to beat the lines,” explained Mike Mason as he and his wife, Brenda, waited at the administration building. “Plus, we are going on vacation during the election week, so this is much easier.”
Poll officer Marsha Hudson said she was happy to see such a strong turnout for the first day of early voting.
“It’s nice to see everyone exercising their right to vote,” she said.
Edna and Gene Hilliard made a quick stop at lunchtime to cast their ballots.
“We always vote early,” explained Edna Hilliard. “We happened to be in town today and decided to stop now.”
The advanced voting option is incredibly convenient, according to Jim Curry.
“I can come when I want to,” Curry said. “I don’t have to worry about conflicts with my work schedule or anything else. I can just pick a good day for me and go.”
Wes White cast his ballot at Garden Lakes Baptist and said the early voting option was especially helpful for him.
“With busy schedules, this makes everything easier,” he said. “I think election day turnout will probably be a madhouse.”
Anyone planning to vote early may print out the application ahead of time and fill it out and bring it to one of the early voting sites, according to Green.
Go to www.romefloyd.com/departments/board-of-elections, scroll down and click on the “in-person Application for Official Absentee Ballot” link under the Document section to download a copy of the form.
Voters on Nov. 8 will have to vote at their assigned precincts, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.