Don’t waste the privilege or squander your right to vote.
Early voting in the county election and state primaries begins tomorrow, July 18, and runs through August 2 at the Election Commission Office at 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 104. The election is August 7. Early voting, approved in 1999, now sees approximately half of all ballots cast in elections in Montgomery County, which has 29 precincts countywide on election day. Nearly 100,000 registered voters can cast ballots this year. Twenty voting machines will be available.
Some points to remember:
- It’s a very long ballot. Familiarize yourself with the ballot ahead of time and help keep the lines down at the polls.
- Voting in the early elections is usually much faster.
- Voters participating the state primaries can declare themselves a Democrat or Republican and then vote for their party’s nominees for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State House of Representatives, State Executive Committeeman and Executive Committeewoman.
- Voters in the county elections can cast votes for County Mayor, County Commissioners, Sheriff, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, Register of Deeds, Juvenile Court Judge, General Sessions Judges in Divisions I, II and III, Trustee, Assessor of Property, District Public Defender, District Attorney General, Chancellor and Circuit Court Judge, Part I, II and II, and School Board Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. Voters will also decide whether to retain Tennessee Supreme Court judges, Court of Appeals judges and Criminal Appeals judges.
- Voters should remember to have proper identification issued by the State of Tennessee or the Federal Government in order to vote. Student IDs from colleges and universities and identification from other states is not allowed, but staff and faculty IDs are acceptable.
Starting tomorrow, voters can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, on Saturday July 19 and 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturday, July 2 from from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Precinct voting on August 2 will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call 648-5707 or visit www.mcgtn.org/election.