Today is last chance to early vote in Sullivan County

J. H. Osborne • Apr 26, 2018 at 9:45 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Today is the last day to cast an in-person early ballot for upcoming party primaries in Sullivan County. Several key races for county offices will be decided at the primary level.

Registered voters, including city residents, may cast early ballots at any of the three early voting locations between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., no matter which precinct they vote in on Election Day. On Election Day, you must go to your assigned precinct.

There have been 13 days of early voting so far, and turnout has been lackluster compared to the last similar election cycle four years ago. There are far more open offices on the ballot this time around, however, and as a result Sullivan County government could experience a historic turnover.

Almost every elected county office will be on the ballot for the general election in August. But the primaries going on now will decide who is on the ballot in August.

Early voting locations include:

• Sullivan County Election Office, 3258 Highway 126, Suite 103, Blountville

• Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

• National Guard Armory, 611 Bluff City Highway, Bristol

As of the end of business on Wednesday, about 5,800 voters had cast early in-person ballots, according to the Sullivan County Election Commission.

Last Thursday was the busiest single day for turnout since early voting began, with 922 Republican ballots cast and 46 Democratic ballots cast, according to figures released by the Election Commission.

Early voting began at the Blountville location on April 11 and expanded to the Kingsport and Bristol locations on April 19. During the 13 days, about 2,600 ballots have been cast in Blountville. In the six days total of early voting at the city locations (polls were not open on Sunday), about 2,350 voters cast early ballots in Kingsport and about 860 cast early ballots in Bristol.

For more information, including sample ballots (Republican or Democratic) and how to look up your registration status, voting precinct, and county commissioner district, visit www.scelect.org.

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