Early voting begins today
Marshall County voters get an early start on the 2018 election year.
The early voting period for the special election to replace State Senator Jim Tracy begins today.
Two Republicans, Joe Carr and Shane Reeves, both of Rutherford County, are running for their party’s nomination for the seat.
Billy Spivey, former State Representative for the 92nd House District serving Marshall County, declared his intention to run in the primary but was disqualified by the state’s Campaign Finance Commission for an unpaid fine levied after missing the deadline to file a quarterly campaign finance report.
Voters will be able to cast their votes for the primary until Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Marshall County Election office in Lewisburg at the Hardison School Annex.
The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday for voting.
It will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon during the early voting period.
The office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church will host an early voting site on Friday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Thursday, Jan. 18, is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the primary election scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25.
The winner of the primary will face Democratic nominee Gayle Jordan in the March 13 general election.
With only one race on the ballot, Marshall County Administrator of Elections Andrew Robertson expects a light turnout of voters, compounded by the cold weather making voters less likely to turn out.
The special election was called by Governor Bill Haslam to fill the seat of Senator Tracy.
Tracy represented the district for 13 years before stepping down in November after accepting the nomination to serve as the director of rural development for Tennessee under the United States Department of Agriculture.
The 14th District covers Marshall, Bedford, Moore, Lincoln, and part of Rutherford Counties.
Tracy endorsed Reeves, a Murfreesboro businessman, in the race for the seat.
Carr served as a state representative for Rutherford County for six years.
The Bedford County Commission had the right, under state law, to vote to fill the seat until the election due to Tracy living in the county but decided against doing so.
The successful candidate will join the General Assembly in the middle of the session.