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Early voting starts today for Tennessee primary

Robert Houk • Feb 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Voting for Tennessee’s March 3 presidential primary begins today and ends on Feb. 25.

The Republican Primary ballot includes President Donald Trump, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld, as well as delegates to the party’s convention. 

The field for the Democratic Primary is more crowded, with 15 named presidential candidates. They include former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Early voting will be conducted in Washington County weekdays between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the former Ace Hardware building, 220 N. Second Ave., Jonesborough; Johnson City Fire Station 8, 106 Gray Commons Area; and the former Princeton Arts Center building, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City.

Carter County will conduct early voting weekdays between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Election Commission office, 116 Holston Ave., Elizabethton.

Unicoi County will conduct early voting weekdays between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Election Commission office, 106 Nolichucky Ave, Erwin.

Sullivan County will conduct early voting weekdays between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Election Commission office, 3258 Highway 126, Blountville; Civic Auditorium, 1550 Ft Henry Drive, Kingsport; and the Slater Community Center, 325 McDowell St. Bristol.

Washington County voters will also decide the Republican race for assessor of property on the March 3 primary ballot.

Former state Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, is challenging incumbent Scott Buckingham for Washington County assessor of property in the GOP race. The winner will appear on the county’s Aug. 6 general election ballot.

The Republican Primary ballot in Washington County include GOP races for constables: John E. Phillips in the 1st District, Rick “Gilley” Gillenwater in the 2nd District and John M. Daniel in the 3rd District.

“Interest is high as voters prepare to select leaders across all levels of government for the November ballot,” Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a news release Tuesday. “Voters can take advantage of early voting since it offers voters the opportunities to find a convenient time and location to cast their ballots.”

Voters can find their early voting and Election Day voting locations, as well as view sample ballots with the GoVoteTN app or by going online at GoVoteTN.com.

State officials are also reminding Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day to bring a valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver's license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, by state government or by the federal government are allowed — even if they are expired.

College student IDs are not accepted.

More information about acceptable IDs can be found by calling the the state’s Division of Elections toll free number at 1-877-850-4959.

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