Early voting ended Saturday for the August elections with a total of eight hundred seventy six people having taken advantage of it from July 13-28 at the courthouse. That is up slightly from August, 2008 when 807 people voted early/absentee and up from the 719 who voted early/absentee in the local Democratic and Presidential Preference Primary in March of this year. Two years ago in August, 1,474 voted early/absentee.
During the two week early voting period in this election, a total of 373 people cast ballots in the Tennessee Republican Primary and 371 voted in the Tennessee Democratic Primary.
The largest single day turnout for early voting was on the next to the last day, Friday July 27 when 119 people cast ballots. The response each day was as follows:
Friday, July 13-70
Saturday, July 14- 31
Monday, July 16- 42
Tuesday, July 17- 42
Wednesday, July 18- 53
Thursday, July 19- 55
Friday, July 20- 37
Saturday, July 21- 43
Monday, July 23-79
Tuesday, July 24-53
Wednesday, July 25-73
Thursday, July 26-87
Friday, July 27-119
Saturday, July 28- 92
In the August election four years ago, a total of 2,256 voted including 807 early voters/absentees and 1,449 on election day. Voter turnout was only 17.2% in DeKalb County on that day.
During the local Democratic Primary and Presidential Preference Primary in March of this year,
2,598 voters cast ballots, including a total of 1,879 on election day and 719 either by early voting or absentee ballot.
A total of 3,816 people voted in the August election two years ago including 2,341 on election day and 1,474 during early voting or by absentee ballot.
If you are properly registered to vote and did not participate in early voting, you can cast ballots on election day, Thursday August 2. All sixteen precincts in DeKalb County will be open Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.
As a voter you may vote for whom you choose in the DeKalb County General Election regardless of party affiliation in the races for assessor of property, constable, or school board member. In other words, you can vote for a democrat in one race and a republican in another.
However, if you choose to vote in one of the state primaries which include the offices of State Representative, U.S. Representative, or U.S. Senator, you must declare in which primary you intend to vote. For example, if you declare your intention to vote in the State Republican Primary, you can ONLY vote for Republican candidates for State Representative, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator but you MAY vote for ANY candidate you choose regardless of party affiliation in the county general election (Assessor of Property, Constable, School Board)
Likewise, if you choose to vote in the State Democratic Primary you can vote
for only Democratic candidates for State Representative, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator but you MAY vote for ANY candidate you choose regardless of party affiliation in the county general election (Assessor of Property, Constable, School Board)
In simple terms, you can vote for a Democrat in the County General and still choose the Republican State Primary; or you may vote for a Republican in the County General and still choose the Democrat State Primary.
Local voters will be electing a new Assessor of Property in August. The candidates are Scott Cantrell and Mason Carter. Two school board seats will be filled along with five constable seats.
In the state primary, local voters will help select the party nominees for State Representative in the 40th district, the 46th district, Congressman in the 6th District and one U.S. Senator.
ATTENTION VOTERS OF THE EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK (1-3) PRECINCT
THE LOCATION WHERE YOU NORMALLY VOTE ON ELECTION DAY HAS BEEN MOVED WITHIN THE PARK. DUE TO A BUILDING ISSUE, THE VOTING LOCATION WILL BE AT THE CABIN COMPLEX, CABIN C-6.
THERE WILL BE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE PARK, INCLUDING AT INTERSECTIONS. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEKALB COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE AT 615-597-4146 OR THE STATE PARK MANAGER’S OFFICE AT 931-858-2114.