The early voting period begins tomorrow, July 17, for the August 6 primary election.
In person early voting is available at the Marshall County Election Commission office in the Hardison School Annex in Lewisburg through Saturday, August 1, at noon.
The office is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. until noon.
Additionally, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church will host a satellite early voting location on Thursday, July 23, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday, July 24 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Election day votes must be cast at the residents assigned polling place, not at the election office.
The state and local election commissions are encouraging early voting this year as a way to minimize lines and wait times on the August 6 election day, both to ease the overall process and to prevent crowded conditions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Maks and social distancing are also recommended for both early and election day voting.
This year, due to concerns over COVID-19, absentee voting is open to any registered voter in the state.
Normally restricted to those over age 60 or with defined reasons making them unable to come to the polls, all registered voters are able to request an absentee ballot, after a Davidson County court ruling.
The only exception is for voters casting a ballot for the first time. They must still vote in person, either in early voting or on election day.
That ruling is still under challenge in court.
The form to request an absentee ballot can be obtained from the local election office or downloaded from marshallcountytn.com/election-office.
Ballots will then be mailed to those requesting one.
According to Administrator of Elections Andrew Robertson, roughly 200 absentee ballots have already been mailed.
The returned ballots must be received, through the postal service, at the election office before election day.
Voters should make sure to fill them out completely, including a signature, in order to have them counted.
Voters who have moved within the county or have had a name change since the last election can update that information online at GoVoteTN.com.
The full August ballot is printed on page A5 of today’s Marshall County Tribune. Early voting hours and dates are on Page A7.
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