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Early voting for Aug. 2 election starts this Friday, July 13

July 7, 2018 – Registration for voting in the Aug. 2 election closed Tuesday, July 3, and early voting starts Friday, July 13.

Voters may cast their ballot July 13-28 at the Elections Office, in the one-story brick building tucked behind the Sequatchie County Courthouse. Hours for early voters are: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m. CDT; Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon CDT.

Registered voters may vote during that time, but must bring a current or expired photo ID with them to the polls. College student IDs and IDs issued by local governments or other states are not accepted.

The Aug. 2 election is the General Election for county offices, and the primary for state and federal races.

Anyone wanting to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election must register no later than Oct. 9, with early voting for that election set for Oct. 17-Nov. 1.

At that time, Tennesseans will be electing a new governor to replace Gov. Bill Haslam, who can not run for reelection due to term limits, and also a senator to replace Bob Corker and several representatives. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is up for reelection in a contested race for Dist. 4, which includes Sequatchie County. Ron Travis, state representative for Dist. 31, is running for reelection against Dean Sparks.

According to Sequatchie County Election Administrator Jerrie Hickey, there have been over 300 new voters registered this year, which she attributed to the large number of local races. When she came to her office the day after the 4th of July, there were 23 new sign-ups online, but those have to stay on the back-burner until after the Aug. 2 election.

We can't process any new registrations right now,” she said, “because the deadline was July 3.”

After the Aug. 2 election, her office will process all the new registrations, and they will be eligible to vote in the statewide General Election Nov. 6.

Sequatchie County currently has 10,090 registered voters.

County residents may register to vote at GoVoteTN.org, or at the Elections Office, or at other official county offices like the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

The county Election Commission purges any voters that die or who can not be reached by mail.

When we mail out a voter registration card, it can't be forwarded,” Hickey said. “If it comes back to us, that voter will be marked as inactive. We will mail a confirmation card to them, and that confirmation card can be forwarded to them if they left a forwarding address.”

But if the confirmation card comes back as undeliverable, the voter will be deleted from the registered voter database.