Early Voter Turnout High in First 5 Days

Early voter turnout has been high for the first five days of early voting for the November 8 General Election.

On Wednesday, October 19, the first day of early voting, a total of 461 voters cast ballots. That total included the Nursing Home total and the absentee by mail ballots which had been received at that time.

On Thursday, 375 voters cast early ballots, followed by 404 on Friday, and 225 on Saturday.

On Monday, a total of 424 voters cast early ballots, bringing the first 5-day total to 1,889, for an average of 378 per day.

If this trend holds through the early voting period, which ends Thursday, November 3, it would represent a record number of early votes cast for a November election.

The election commission office will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon through the early voting period.  The  Fentress County Election Commission Office, is located at 111 North Norris Street, Jamestown, TN.

To vote an absentee ballot by mail, the voter must make the request in writing and include their name (as registered), social security number, date of birth, residence address (911 address), the election they wish to vote in, the reason they are requesting to vote an absentee ballot and their signature.  The written request must be received no later than November 01, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. A request may be mailed, e-mailed, hand delivered or faxed to the Fentress County Election Commission, 111 North Norris Street, P.O. Box 1027, Jamestown, TN 38556.  (Note – If the voter registered by mail, they must vote in person the first election they vote in after registering:  Absentee ballot requests will be accepted through November 01, 2016.

If your name or address has changed or you failed to vote in the last two (2) federal elections, please contact the Fentress County Election Commission.

According to Tennessee Code Annotated 2-7-111; There will be no campaign posters, signs, hats, tee shirts, buttons or other campaign literature displayed on or in any building within 100 feet from the polling place.

A Federal or Tennessee state government issued photo ID is now required to vote, unless an exception applies.  College student ID’s will not be accepted.  To learn more about the photo ID law and its exceptions, please call the Fentress County Election Commission Office at 931-879-7162 or visit GoVoteTN.com.  This applies during Early Voting at the Election Commission Office and also on Election Day at your assigned polling place.  Voters who vote absentee by mail, residents of licensed nursing homes, assisted living centers, or those hospitalized are exempt.

The Election Commission does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  If there are questions about needed accommodations in the voting process, please call 931-879-7162.

In addition to election of the President of the United States, a U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative to Congress, a State Senator, and State Representatives, local voters will also be casting ballots  on a referendum to either allow or not allow retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Fentress County, along with the election of a Mayor and five council members in the City of Jamestown, and three council seats in the City of Allardt.

For the office of President and Vice-President of the United States, candidates include Republican Nominee Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence; Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine; Independent candidates Roque De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg; Gary Johnson and William F. Weld; Alyson Kennedy and Osborne Hart; Mike Smith and Daniel White, and Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

In the race for United States House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District, candidates include Republican nominee Diane Black, Democratic Party nominee David W. Kent, and Independent candidate David Ross.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.