Voter registration set to end on Oct. 4

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

With a little more than two weeks left to register to vote in state and federal elections on Nov. 2, there are still about 17,000 Marshall County residents who are registered and therefore eligible to vote in the federal mid-term elections.

At stake are:

* The governor's office with Bill Haslam facing Mike McWherter (Gov. Phil Bredesen can't run again.);

* The 6th District Congressional seat with Diane Black who faces Brett Carter (U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon is retiring);

* A state Senate seat with Debbie Matthews challenging Bill Ketron; and,

* A state House seat with Billy Spivey challenging Eddie Bass.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 4. Early voting is from Oct. 13-28.

Requests for an absentee ballot are accepted through Oct. 26.

"That's the last day we can process an application for an absentee ballot," Marshall County Elections Administrator Jo Ann Henry says. "College attendance" is one of a number of legitimate reasons for a voter to cast their ballot from a temporary residence.

"We try to get as much information as we can," Henry said of her conversations with telephone callers requesting an absentee ballot to be mailed to her office. "They would be asked if they would be in town for early voting or on Election Day."