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Early voting for March 3 primary ends today

Robert Houk • Feb 25, 2020 at 9:21 AM

Early voting for Tennessee’s March 3 presidential preference primary ends today.

Washington County Election Administrator Maybell Stewart said 4,859 county residents have voted early (including absentee ballots and those in nursing homes) as of Saturday. She said that number is lower than the figures for the 2016 GOP primary, which saw a crowded field for president.

There are 78,490 registered voters in Washington County.

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

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

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

The field for president in 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 today between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the former Ace Hardware building, 220 N. Second Ave., Jonesborough; Johnson City Fire Station 8, 106 Gray Commons; and the former Princeton Arts Center building, 2516 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Washington County on Election Day.

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

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

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

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 March 3 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.

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