Election officials remind voters to bring ID for early voting Friday
By Joel Davis | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Early voting for the Aug. 2 state primary and county general election begins Friday and runs through July 28.
Administrator of Elections Libby Breeding wants to remind voters of changes to keep in mind.
“They need to remember to bring their state or federally issued identification,” she said. “I also hope they will familiarize themselves with the sample ballot because there are some things that can be confusing. For instance, if you are in an odd school board district, say 1, 3 or 5, you won’t have anything on your ballot. It is only the even school board districts (2, 4 and 6) that are being voted on.”
Examples of acceptable forms of ID, whether current or expired, include driver licenses, U.S. passports, Department of Safety photo ID cards, U.S. military photo IDs and other state or federal government photo ID cards. College student IDs are not acceptable.
On the ballot in the state primary:
• United States Senate (Republican primary) — Fred R. Anderson, Mark Twain Clemens, incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Brenda S. Lenard, and Zach Poskevich
• U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District (Republican primary) — Nick Ciparro, John J. Duncan, Jr., and Joseph Leinweber Jr.
• Tennessee Senate, 2nd District (Republican primary) — Scott Hughes and incumbent state Sen. Doug Overbey
• Tennessee House of Representatives, 8th District (Republican primary) — Grady Caskey and incumbent state Rep. Art Swann
• Tennessee House of Representatives, 20th District (Republican primary) — Tona Monroe and incumbent state Rep. Bob Ramsey
• U.S. Senate (Democratic primary) — Mark E. Clayton, Larry Crim, Gary Gene Davis, Dave Hancock, Park Overall, T.K. Owens and Benjamin Roberts
• U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District (Democratic primary) — Troy Christopher Goodale
County general election
In the general election, there is one contested county school board race in the 2nd District, where Lisa Misosky is challenging incumbent Chris Cantrell.
Two other school board seats are uncontested, including incumbent District 4 member Trevis Gardner and District 6 nominee James E. Compton.Other candidates without opposition include incumbent Circuit Court Judge Tammy Harrington, Assessor of Property nominee Tim Helton and incumbent County Commissioner Tab Burkhalter.
Alcoa voters will be able to cast ballots on a sales tax referendum. The question is to increase the city sales tax by .5 percent.
In Friendsville, voters are to select two city commission members, but only one candidate — Mike Bailey — is on the ballot.
Voters can write in other selections.
Seven candidates are running for three seats on Townsend city commission, including Tim Byrd, Travis Grant, Becky Headrick, William S. Irby III, Jackie Suttles, Karen Napier Vananda and David O. Wietlisbach.
The ballot also asks voters to vote yes or no on retaining two state Court of Criminal Appeals judges, Jeffrey S. Bivins, Middle Division; and Roger A. Page, Western Division.
In a press release, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting.
“The flexibility of early voting gives Tennesseans one less reason not to exercise their right to vote,” he said. “Early voting has proven to be quite popular, and I am hopeful that voters will continue to take advantage of the opportunity.”