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Eight days left for voter registration

Friday, June 22, 2012

From staff reports

There are only eight business days left to register to vote in Marshall County's general election on Aug. 2.

July 3rd is the last day to register to vote and early voting starts Friday the 13th next month, County Elections Director Tristan Arnold said this week.

Meanwhile, a new Tennessee law lets younger people vote with an absentee ballot that's delivered by mail.

"They've lowered the age to 60 for people who want to request an absentee ballot," Arnold said.

Previously, such absentee voters had to be at least 65 years old.

The last day to request such an absentee ballot is July 26. The request must be in writing.

"We have a request form," Arnold said, suggesting that people call her at 359-4894 to learn more about how to get the form.

There are two kinds of elections on Aug. 2. They are the county general election and the political parties' primaries.

* The county general election ballot is fairly simple.

Three candidates - Billy Lanier, Michelle Griffy Campbell and Shirley Lowe - are campaigning to succeed Assessor of Property Linda Haislip who's changing jobs.

Marshall County Attorney Bill Haywood is challenging General and Juvenile Court Judge Lee Bowles for the rest of the time left in former Judge Steve Bowden's term.

And in School Board District 7, Susan Hunter is challenging incumbent Ann Tears. Other board members are running for re-election without opposition.

* Political party primaries are being held to select candidates who will face off in November. These are for the state Legislature, Congress and the U.S. Senate.

The winners of the two state House primaries will be a Democrat and a Republican. In the GOP primary there are four candidates: Ann Bankston, Travis Monroe, Billy Spivey and Larry C. Taft. In the Democrats' primary, there are three candidates: Mary Rene Baxter, Vickie C. Cain and Anita Tipton.

Without a Democrat running for nomination to campaign for a seat in the state Senate, the winner of the GOP primary will be unopposed in November. Matt Randolph of Ardmore is challenging incumbent Jim Tracey of Shelbyville.

In the race for Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Jasper is being challenged in the GOP primary by Shannon Kelley of Murfreesboro. Eric Stewart of Winchester is running unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge the GOP nominee in November.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is being challenged in the GOP primary by Fred R. Anderson, Mark Twain Clemons, Brenda S. Lenard, Zack Poskevich. Mark E. Clayton, Larry Crim, Gary Gene Davis, Dave Hancock, Park Overall, T.K. Owens, and Benjamin Roberts are campaigning to be the Democrat running against Corker.

In other election office concerns, the administrator wants the public's help in keeping office records current.

"People who have moved should report that to the election office so they can vote in the right precinct and so the county records may be updated," Arnold said.

Meanwhile: July 10 is the deadline for candidates' campaign financial disclosure statements for the second quarter; July 9-10 is when election poll workers will be trained; an technicians are to program the election machines next week.