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Deadline looms to vote in August election

By: Chris Simones -- Reporter for the Southern Standard

The Warren County Election Commission wants everyone to be aware of upcoming deadlines for the Aug. 6 election. Administrator of elections Susie Davenport urges every eligible voter in the county to get out and vote.

The deadline for voter registration in the upcoming election is this Tuesday, July 7.

“For someone to be officially registered to vote in August, they must get their registration to us by July 7,” Davenport said. “If it’s not in our hands by then it at least needs to be postmarked by July 7.”

Potential voters can register online at govotetn.com as long as they have a valid state-issued Tennessee ID. The registration form can be printed from the website as well.

Davenport stressed anyone who will turn 18 by Election Day can register to vote.

“If someone will be 18 by Election Day, say they turn 18 on Election Day, as long as they’ve turned in their registration form by July 7, they’ll be able to vote in early voting or on Election Day,” Davenport said.

The deadline to request absentee voting is July 30. 

The application to request absentee voting can be found at govotetn.com. The application itself can mailed, emailed, or dropped off in person. Once the request has been received and approved, a ballot will be mailed to the voter.

“The ballot has to get to us by close of business day on Election Day. We check with the post office at closing time to make sure we have all the absentee ballots,” Davenport explained. “They can also be sent by FedEx, UPS, or DHL but they must come by mail. They can’t be hand delivered. The statute specifies they must be sent by mail.”

Early voting begins Friday, July 17 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 1. 

Monday hours have been changed this year. Early voting on Mondays will take place from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Early voting will take place Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 6. 

Davenport wants to remind voters to bring their photo ID.

“You must have a Tennessee or federal government issued photo ID,” Davenport said. “If you don’t, you can still vote with a paper ballot but you must bring in your photo ID within two business days. That would be by Monday, Aug. 10 for this election.” 

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