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Early voting begins today for Nov. 6 races

Staff Report • Oct 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Today is the start of the presidential election in Tennessee. Early voting for the Nov. 6 election begins today, meaning state residents can mark a ballot early in this pivotal race.

In addition to electing a president, voters in our area will decide races for U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, the state General Assembly and for local municipal offices.

Washington County will keep its three early voting locations — Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough, the Washington County Health Department on Princeton Road in Johnson City and at the Gray Commons building/Johnson City fire station located along Bobby Hicks Highway in Gray — open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of early voting on Nov. 1 The move gives voters an extra hour at the end of the day.

Early voting locations will also be open from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday and Saturday, Oct. 27.

We expect a good turnout for this presidential election. If only elections for local races would generate as much interest. Regardless of the turnout, however, it still costs the county the same amount of tax dollars to hold an election. However, taxpayers can only get their money’s worth if they show up to the polls.

It’s important that you carry some form of approved photo identification when you go to the polls. Acceptable forms of photo ID include driver’s licenses, U.S. passports and government employee identification cards. College photo IDs, however, are not accepted.

Never leave a polling place without voting. Stay as long as it takes to complete the job. Every vote counts.

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