With the August election quickly approaching, there are a couple of deadlines to keep in mind. While the registration deadline is just around the corner, early voting will soon follow.
“The registration deadline for the August election is July 8,” said Judy Copeland, Moore County’s Administrator of Elections. “That’s also the deadline for any address changes as well.”
“Early voting starts July 18 and goes through Aug. 2. During early voting we are open from 9 to 12 on those Saturdays.”
Early voting is one of two ways in which a registered voter of Tennessee may vote before the actual election day. To vote as an early voter, a registered voter may vote without giving a reason during the established early voting period.
The second way for a registered voter to vote early is called by-mail voting. Both early voting and by-mail voting are for the voter’s convenience.
These two voting choices differ in that to vote by mail, the individual must have a statutory reason. On the other hand, to vote during the early voting period, the person may vote purely for the sake of convenience.
To vote early, a person must appear in person at either the county election commission office or at a satellite voting location opened by the county election commission. For each election, early voting begins 20 days before the election and ends 5 days before the election. Although closed from voting on holidays, a person may vote early on any Saturday that falls during this time frame.
The only exception to this time period, involves a municipal election in which there is not any opposition for any of the offices involved on the ballot.
There are many advantages to voting early, namely being able to choose a day during the early voting period that best fits the voter’s schedule and the voter being able to change his or her address of registration and vote in the same voting location.
For details regarding times and early voting locations, a person must contact the local county election commission office. In Lynchburg, the phone number is (931) 759-4532.
A registered voter may request an application for by-mail ballot no earlier than 90 days before the election and no later than seven days before the election. To be processed for the next election, the application must be received by the election commission no later than seven days before the election.
The county election commission must receive the ballot by mail no later than the close of polls on election day. Once the election commission issues an absentee by-mail ballot to a voter, the voter can only vote by mail.