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Have you voted yet? Sullivan early voting ends Saturday

J. H. Osborne • Jul 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Early voting for the county general election and state party primaries ends Saturday at all three of Sullivan County’s early voting locations: Kingsport Civic Auditorium (1505 Fort Henry Dr.); National Guard Armory in Bristol (611 Bluff City Hwy.); and the Sullivan County Election Office in Blountville (3258 Hwy. 126, Suite 103).

Hours at all three locations are: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

As of Thursday, nearly 10,000 voters had cast early, in-person ballots. That figure doesn’t include absentee-by-mail ballots.

Based on turnout for the last similar election (August 2010) and today’s number of eligible registered voters (93,878), Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher estimates total early voter turnout could reach 13,000.

In August 2010, 56 percent of the total votes were cast during early voting. In this year’s party primaries in May, 51 percent of the total votes cast were during early voting.

Booher has told the Times News the current election has not spurred a spike in new voter registrations.

Election Day is August 2. Polls will be open on Election Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

During early voting, voters may cast ballots at any of the early voting locations, no matter where they live. On Election Day, however, voters must vote only at their assigned precinct. If you don’t know your precinct, you can look it up online or call the Sullivan County Election Office at 323-6444 for assistance.

Almost every major office in county government is on the ballot for the county’s general election, including all 24 seats on the Sullivan County Commission, county mayor, property assessor, trustee, sheriff, circuit court clerk, county clerk, register of deeds, commissioner of highways, county attorney and three seats on the Sullivan County Board of Education (Districts 2, 4 and 6).

Offices in the state party primaries include governor; U.S.Senate; U.S. House (District 1); Tennessee House (Districts 1, 2 and 3); and state executive committeeman and committeewoman for each party. The state general election is November 6.

Sample ballots for the county general election, Republican Party primary, and Democratic Party primary can be found online at www.scelect.org.

Registered voters have the choice of voting in either, but only one, party primary — and in either case will automatically also be given a county general election ballot. Voters may request only the county general election ballot if they don’t want to vote in either party’s primary.

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