Tuesday, November 14, 2023–6:30 p.m.
-David Crowder, WRGA News-
The Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration has certified the results of the November 7 General Election and there was no change in the results.
The total includes 21 provisional ballots that were counted. Three were rejected.
For Rome City Commission in Ward One, Harry Brock received 2,668 votes, Jim Bojo received 2,460 votes and Mark Cochran got 2,018 votes. The top three vote-getters are elected. Sundai Stevenson got 1,826 votes and Charles Love received 1,458 votes.
Meanwhile, in Ward Three, Wayne Robinson received the most votes with 2,718, followed by Craig McDaniel with 2,709, and Bill Collins with 1.976. Bonny Askew was just 12 votes behind Collins for the third and final seat with 1,964.
A countywide special purpose, local option sales tax referendum was approved by a vote of 4,765 to 3,724. SPLOST projects include a new headquarters for the Rome City Police Department, a water main replacement in Cave Spring, and park improvements, along with public works and transportation projects.
“I’m glad we got it certified today,” said Floyd County Elections Supervisor Akyn Beck. “It is following a successful audit which I think is important for election integrity and transparency. It was incredible to see people come out to observe the audit and it’s great to see people come out and see us certify the results today.”
The final numbers include the Floyd Spring precinct which was in a second project package. A project package is how the election is tallied with the machines.
“It’s counted in the entirety of the election event,” Beck said. “We just had two project packages to make sure everyone got the right ballot. It’s not uncommon. Most counties that have multiple languages or have a shared municipality will have two project packages. It just happens at the last minute just before AIP [advance in-person] voting. It’s common. We just add it in at the end.”
8,538 of Floyd County’s registered voters cast ballots, which translates to a voter turnout of nearly 13 percent.