Note: A correction was made on a date mistyped in this article. -KtE

Polk County’s voting tallies continue to climb ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary that is coming up on March 12.

As of the end of business on February 21, the total number of voters who have cast a ballot in the primary sits at 219 total cast in Cedartown, and 111 ballots cast in Rockmart. That was a day-over-day increase in Cedartown of 85 votes, and an additional 35 new votes in Rockmart.

The Board of Elections has issued 101 total absentee ballots so far as well, an increase of another 5 ballots requested so far. One additional ballot was returned on Wednesday, up to 10 in total.

The polls are open through the rest of the week at the Nathan Dean Community Center at 605 Goodyear Ave., Rockmart, and the Goodyear Civic Center at 108 Prior St., Cedartown.

Both precincts are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Early voting continues today through March 8 on weekdays and two special Saturday voting periods ahead of the March 12 Presidential Primary Day. Voters will need to bring a photo ID with them to cast a ballot.

Saturday voting is being split this year between the two precincts. Early voting on Saturday, February 24 is being held in Cedartown at the Goodyear Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following Saturday on March 2, voters will be able to cast a ballot in Rockmart at the Nathan Dean Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well.

Along with the split schedule for Saturdays, extra hours are being provided on two Friday dates. In Rockmart, voters can come up to 7 p.m. on February 23, and in Cedartown on March 1 the hours will be extended to 7 p.m. as well.

Check back for more on numbers of ballots cast with regular updates about early voting through March 12.

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