Stow start to Carter County early voting

John Thompson • Feb 12, 2020 at 8:08 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Early voting got off to a slow start in Carter County with only 109 citizens casting votes by the early afternoon on Wednesday, the first day of voting. The numbers voting should pick up as the early voting period continues until Feb. 25.

All early voting takes place at the Carter County Election Commission office at 116 Holston Ave., just across the street from the Carter County Health Department. Polls are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Tanner-Harris said voters must decide whether to vote in the Republican or the Democrat primary. She said it does not matter how the voter chose to vote in past primaries, the voter is free to decide which primary to participate in.

In addition to the presidential preference and the election of delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions, there is also a small county primary for Carter County Republicans. There is only one countywide race and that is for the property assessor, where incumbent Ronnie Taylor is unopposed. There are also two seats on the Carter County Commission up for election to two-year terms because of the deaths of Commissioners Rick Richardson and Ronnie Trivett.

Thomas Proffitt is running unopposed for Richardson’s seat in the 8th District. Three candidates are seeking Trivett’s 3rd District seat: Rocky Croy, Juanita McKinney and Mark Tester. Tester currently occupies the position, having been elected by the Carter County Commission to fill the seat until the results of the August county election are known.

In the presidential preference contests, President Donald Trump does have opposition in the Republican primary from Joe Walsh and Bill Weld. There is also a lengthy list of delegates for voters to choose.

There is a long list of candidates in the Democrat primary: Michael Bennett, Joseph Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John K. Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

Regular voting for the primary is March 3. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All voting on that day must be done at the assigned polling places.

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