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Tennessee, Virginia voters set to go to polls

November 5th, 2012 10:01 pm by Hank Hayes

Tennesseans and Virginians will choose their next president and congressional members in Tuesday’s general election.


The main attraction, of course, is incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama facing Republican challenger Mitt Romney. There are five other candidates on the Tennessee presidential ballot.


Virginia’s U.S. Senate race pits Republican George Allen, who previously held the seat, against Democrat Tim Kaine.


In Southwest Virginia’s Fightin’ Ninth Congressional District, Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith faces Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento.


There are two constitutional amendment questions on the Virginia ballot. One asks whether the General Assembly should be allowed to delay by no more than one week the starting date for the state’s so-called “veto” session. The other question asks if eminent domain should only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use.


Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race features Republican incumbent Bob Corker versus Democratic challenger Mark Clayton and seven other candidates.


In Northeast Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe faces Democratic challenger Alan Woodruff and three other candidates.


Tennessee’s 2nd House District race involves Republican incumbent state Rep. Tony Shipley against Democratic challenger Bruce Dotson.


In the 3rd House District, Republican Timothy Hill faces Democrat Leah Kirk and Green Party candidate Suzanne Parker.


Republican Pat Shull faces Democrat Carl Hale in a race to fill an unexpired term in Sullivan County’s 11th commission district.


State Republicans running unopposed include Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey in the 2nd Senatorial District, state Rep. Jon Lundberg in the 1st House District, state Rep. Mike Harrison in the 9th House District and Frank Niceley in the newly renumbered 8th Senatorial District.


Both Virginia and Tennessee election officials stress that on Election Day, you must vote at your designated voting precinct. If you appear at an early voting location that is not your designated precinct, you will be directed to your designated voting precinct to cast your ballot.


Virginia does not require a photo ID to vote, but does require other proper identification. Those without an ID will be required to use a provisional ballot and will have until noon Friday to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board for their provisional ballot to be counted.


A federal or state-issued photo ID, or a gun permit card with a photo, are required to cast a ballot in Tennessee.


“A voter registration card is not required,” Sullivan County Elections Administrator Jason Booher pointed out.


More than 1.4 million Tennesseans cast a ballot during early voting. Out of more than 89,500 registered voters in Sullivan County, 39,314 participated in early voting. “Based upon an analysis of previous elections, we are anticipating a total turnout of 72 percent, which will result in approximately 25,000 voters casting a ballot on Election Day,” Booher noted.


Virginia totals for in-person absentee voting at general registrar offices were not available.


Wise County Voter Registrar Allison Robbins said 447 Wise County voters cast in-person absentee ballots since that period opened on Sept. 21 and concluded on Saturday.


“We have all of our regular polling places. There have been no changes to our polling places, but of note, the CVC precinct the polling place used to be called the Wise County Christian School and is now called the Wise County Justice Center,” she said. “We’re very hopeful of a very good day tomorrow And we expect a very good turnout tomorrow.”


Tennessee polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Virginia polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For more about voting in Virginia go to http://www.sbe.virginia.gov


Tennessee voters can go to www.tennessee.gov/sos/election.


Staff Writer Steve Igo contributed to this report.


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