Early voting begins Friday for Sullivan election, primaries

J. H. Osborne • Jul 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Early voting for the Aug. 2 election begins Friday at three locations in Sullivan County: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive; Sullivan County Election Office, 3258 Highway 126, Blountville; and the National Guard Armory, 611 Bluff City Highway, Bristol.

The schedule for all three locations is: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13, 16-20 and 23-27; and 9 a.m. to noon July 14, 21 and 28.

Ballots include the county general election, Democratic Party primary, and Republican Party primary. Samples of each ballot are available on the Election Commission’s Web site, www.scelect.org.

Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher offered the following tips for voters heading to the polls.

• “Voters may cast their ballot during early voting at any of the three locations, regardless of where they live in Sullivan County. However, on Election Day a voter is required to vote at their designated precinct.”

• “A voter may confirm their voting location by utilizing the voter lookup feature on our Web site or by calling the election office (323-6444).”

• “Redistricting has brought about many changes to district lines. Voters may identify their current house district from the voter lookup feature, referencing the district maps available on our Web site, or calling the election office. Redistricting is conducted by the General Assembly, and the Sullivan County Election Commission had no involvement in the changes that were made to district lines.”

• “Both a state primary and a county general election are being conducted. Voters who desire to vote in the state primary must select either the Republican or Democratic Party primary. A voter who only wants to vote in the county general election is not required to indicate their party preference and will receive a ballot with county offices only.”

• “Voters are required to bring a state- or federal government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot on a voting machine, however no voter will be denied the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot. A voter who does not have an acceptable photo ID that votes a provisional ballot will have until 5 p.m. Aug. 4 to bring a state- or federal government-issued photo ID to the election office in order for their provisional ballot to be counted.”

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