Beginning Friday, July 16, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 5 state primary and county general elections.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting if they wish. “Early voting gives individuals the peace of mind of not worrying about being rushed on Election Day to get to the polls,” Secretary Hargett said. “Many people enjoy the convenience and flexibility of early voting because it allows them to work voting into their busy schedules.”
Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins will be kicking off the first day of early voting this Friday by personally casting his own ballot. Coordinator Goins plans to vote at the Davidson County Election Commission office, 800 Second Avenue South in Nashville, at 1:15 p.m. Friday.
“Early voting is convenient and has become very popular in Tennessee,” Coordinator Goins said. “In November 2008, about 58 percent of the people who voted in Tennessee took advantage of early voting. I know I will be busy on Election Day, so voting early ensures my vote will be cast within my schedule. It just makes sense for me to vote early.”
Early voting gives people who cannot or would prefer not to vote on Election Day an additional 14-day period to cast their ballots, including three Saturdays in this election cycle. People may vote in their county general elections, as well as the state primary elections. People who want to vote in the state primaries will select either the Republican or Democrat ballot.
Tennessee’s 95 counties conduct early voting at their local election commission offices. Some counties also offer early voting at satellite locations. Contact your local county election commission office for early voting hours, locations and sample ballots. Early voting ends Saturday, July 31.