Early voting concludes today in Tennessee

J. H. Osborne • Feb 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Time is running out for Tennesseans to vote early in the Presidential Preference Primary election. Early voting ends Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Election Day for the Presidential Preference Primary is Tuesday, March 3.

“Early voting offers Tennesseans a convenient opportunity to cast their ballots instead of waiting until Election Day,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Now is the time to make your voice heard and cast a ballot in the 2020 election.”

Tennessee’s 95 counties conduct early voting at their local election commission offices or at another location designated by the election commission. Some counties also offer early voting at satellite locations.

Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver's license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, by Tennessee state government or by the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

In Sullivan County, early voting for the March 3 presidential and county primaries is available to registered voters at three locations: The Kingsport Civic Auditorium (1550 Fort Henry Drive); the Sullivan County Election Office in Blountville (3258 Highway 126); and the Slater Community Center in Bristol, Tennessee (325 McDowell St.). The last is a change for the Bristol location. It replaces the National Guard Armory, which is undergoing extensive renovation.

During early voting, registered voters may cast ballots at any one of the three locations, no matter where they live. On election day, voters must cast ballots only at their assigned polling place.

There are two ballots: one for the Democratic Party primary and one for the Republican Party primary. Voters may only cast a ballot in one of the two. In addition to the U.S. presidential primaries, voters will choose nominees for several county offices, many of which are uncontested. 

“The majority of voters typically cast their ballot during early voting,” Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher said as early voting got underway a couple of weeks ago. “However, during a presidential primary that is not the case. Many undecided voters will wait until election day. Therefore, voters who have already decided who they will vote for are highly encouraged to cast their ballot during early voting to avoid the potential delays on election day.”

As of Monday, according to figures released by Booher, 3,729 voters had cast early ballots so far — 2,255 in the Republican primary and 1,474 in the Democratic primary.

Voters who wish to confirm their registration status can do so by using the voter lookup feature  online.

Sample ballots, Democratic and Republican, are available online with other election information at www.scelect.org.

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