High Election Day turnout expected
06 Oct

High Election Day turnout expected

Poll workers, voting machines added for Nov. 8 race

Elena Cawley

The Coffee County Election Commission is gearing up for the Nov. 8 presidential election. Early voting begins Oct. 19 and continues through Nov. 3.

Coffee County Administrator of Elections Vernita Davis encourages residents who have recently moved to the area to make sure they have changed their addresses before going to vote.

“Also, make sure you are still registered,” she said. “A lot of people have not voted in several years, so they might not be registered any longer.”

If someone hasn’t voted in eight years, his or her registration will have expired, according to Davis.

“In such cases, we have a verification program,” Davis said. “We send out to those voters a letter asking if they still want to be registered. If they don’t return those letters to us after a period of time, they are purged of our records. We encourage anyone who hasn’t voted in quite a while to either call us or go to www.govotetn.com, where they can type in their information to find out if they are registered and if they have the correct address.”

Davis expects the turnout for the upcoming election to be higher compared to the turnout for previous elections.

“Since the August election, we have added 964 new registrations, and we keep adding to that number daily,” Davis said. “I expect this presidential election to be much greater than the last one, as far as turnout. Any time there is an incumbent on the ballot, the turnout is not so great. Unless the incumbent has done something to aggravate the people, a lot of people are happy and don’t show up to vote.”

However, that’s not the case with the November election. For the upcoming election, more poll workers and extra voting machines will be available.

“I have staffed extra people at each of the polling places,” Davis said. “We have about 175 poll workers assigned to go to a poll place on Election Day. That gives every precinct an additional poll worker. We have also added voting machines to some of the larger precincts.”

For people who want to vote early without having to wait in lines, the best times of the day for casting their ballots will be between 10 a.m. and noon or between 1 and 3 p.m., said Davis.

During the presidential election in 2012, 9,944 people voted during early voting, and 7,349 people voted on Election Day.

So far, the total number of registered voters in Coffee County is more than 32,000, said Davis.

Where to vote during early voting

In Manchester, residents can vote at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza, which is located at 1329 McArthur St., Suite 6. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The hours will be extended through 5:30 p.m. on the last day of early voting, which is Thursday, Nov. 3.

In Tullahoma, voters can cast their ballots at the C.D. Stamps Community Center, located at 810 S. Jackson St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The hours will be extended through 5:30 on Nov. 3.

Early voting for November election starts Oct. 19 and will last through Nov. 3. Voter registration deadline is Oct. 11. Register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On the ballot

The November ballot will include candidates running for President and Vice President of the United States, the United States House of Representatives Congressional District 6, Tennessee Senatorial District 16 and Tennessee House of Representatives District 47.

The Republican Party nominees for president and vice president are Donald Trump and Michael Pence, respectively.

The Democratic Party nominees for president and vice president are Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, respectively.

Running for president as independent candidates are “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente with running mate Michael Steinberg; Gary Johnson with running mate William Weld; Alyson Kennedy with running mate Osborne Hart; Mike Smith with running mate Daniel White; and Jill Stein with running mate Ajamu Baraka.

In the United States House of Representatives District 6, incumbent Diane Black will face David Kent, who is running as a Democrat, and David Ross, who is running as an independent candidate.

In the state Senate District 16 race, incumbent Republican Janice Bowling will face Mike Winton, who is running as a Democrat.

In the state House of Representatives District 47 race, Republican Judd Matheny is running unopposed.

For questions, call the election commission at (931) 723-5103.

Source: http://www.tullahomanews.com/high-election-day-turnout-expected/

Elena Cawley

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