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Early voting begins Wednesday in Sullivan County

J. H. Osborne • Feb 11, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Early voting for the March 3, 2020, presidential and county primary begins on Wednesday for registered Sullivan County voters. It concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Early voting will not be held on President's Day, Feb. 17, or on Sundays.

Early voting will be held at three locations throughout the entire period: 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 and construction.

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 on Monday. “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.”

Other points from Booher:

• Voters need only bring their state of Tennessee or federal government-issued photo ID. A voter registration card is not needed.

• Voters who have moved or do not have their current address on file are encouraged to do so prior to appearing to vote in order to avoid the delay of changing their address at the polling location.

• 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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