LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Early voting for the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary, or “SEC Primary,” is underway.
This election cycle voting early may be an important option because of unpredictable winter weather. The number of presidential candidates as well as the number of delegates could also create incredibly long ballots for some voters.
“It’s helpful if voters become familiar with the ballot before they come in,” said Moore County election commission official Judy Copeland, pointing out that the sheer number of candidates on the Republican ticket this year could be overwhelming to many voters if they’re not familiar with the ballot. “It’s such a long ballot, with 11 pages. If voters look it over first, it could help speed up the process and help eliminate lines here.”
Six Southern states will join Tennessee to help decide who could be the next president of the United States. The Volunteer State’s clout could mean more primary interest than in years past.
“I’m trying to remember the last time we were seeing this much attention in a Republican primary, this many people paying attention to Tennessee and southern states,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett told Politico late last year. “I can’t think of a time.”
Early voting runs Mondays through Saturdays and ends Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Election Day is Tuesday, March 1. The voter registration deadline ahead of this primary was Monday, February 1.
The easiest way for voters to find their early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials, districts and county election commission information as well as access online election results is through the GoVoteTN app. Voters can download the free app in the App Store or Google Play to view voter specific information.
Tennessee’s 95 counties conduct early voting at their local election commission offices or at another location designated by the election commission. Some counties also offer early voting at satellite locations.
Early voting in Moore County is done in County Election Commission office in the County Building.
Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.
More information about what types of ID are acceptable can be found online at <http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/what-id-required-when-voting> or by calling the Division of Elections toll free at 1-877-850-4959.