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Civics 101: Early voting begins Wednesday

J.H. Osborne • Updated Oct 15, 2018 at 9:18 AM

A couple of weeks ago in Civics 101, we talked about the ways citizens can participate in government, noting a most direct and basic way to do so is voting. Well, you’ll get your next chance to do that beginning this week as early voting gets underway in Tennessee.

In Virginia, there is no early voting, but you can vote absentee in-person if you have a valid excuse for not being able to vote on Election Day. And the window for voting absentee-in-person begins a little later.

Early voting begins in Sullivan, Washington and Hawkins counties on Wednesday, October 17, for the November 6 state and federal general election, which includes the race for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives seats as well as the Tennessee House and Senate district seats.

RACES INCLUDED

You probably know there’s a governor’s race in Tennessee. But did you know there are 28 candidates? You’ve likely heard mostly of two of them: Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean. The other 26 are running as Independents. As an aside, if you’ve noticed the way we’ve listed the candidates, we simply followed the style used for local ballots: Voters will see the Republican candidate’s name first on the ballot in all races.

Two other races that span the ballots across our region: one of Tennessee’s two U.S. Senate seats (Republican Marsha Blackburn, Democrat and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, and six Independents); and U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 (incumbent Republican Phil Roe, Democrat Marty Olsen, and Independent Michael D. Salyer).

In Tennessee, all registered voters may — and are often encouraged by election officials to do so — cast an early in-person ballot at designated polling places.

In our region those include:

SULLIVAN COUNTY

• Sullivan County Election Commission, 3258 Highway 126, Suite 103, Blountville.

• Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive.

• National Guard Armory, 611 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, Tenn.

Hours at all three Sullivan County locations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

(A sample ballot is available for Sullivan County voters at www.scelect.org.)

WASHINGTON COUNTY

• Old Courthouse, 100 E. Main Street, Jonesborough.

• Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Avenue.

• Gray Fire Station, 106 Gray Commons Cir, Gray.

Hours at all three Washington County locations are 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

(A sample ballot is available online for Washington County voters at www.wceoffice.com.)

HAWKINS COUNTY

• The historic Hawkins County Courthouse, first floor, Rogersville. Hours for this location are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1.

• Rescue squad building, 351 W. Main Boulevard, Church Hill. Hours for this location are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 1.

(A sample ballot is available for Hawkins County voters through http://hawkinscountytn.gov. Click on "Boards and Commissions" and select "Election commission from the drop-down menu.)

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