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Tennessee polls open today for Super Tuesday

Robert Houk • Mar 2, 2020 at 6:41 PM

Today is Super Tuesday.

Polls are open from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m. for the state’s presidential preference primary. Tennessee is one of 14 states holding presidential primaries today.

Tennesseans should take 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.

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

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

The field for the Democratic primary in Tennessee has 15 named presidential candidates on the ballot. 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.

Washington County voters will also decide the Republican race for assessor of property. Former state Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, is challenging incumbent Scott Buckingham in the GOP race.

The winner will appear on the county’s Aug. 6 general election ballot.

The Republican primary ballot in Washington County also includes uncontested races for constable: John E. Phillips in the 1st District, Rick “Gilley” Gillenwater in the 2nd District and John M. Daniel in the 3rd District.

In Carter County,  incumbent Ronnie Taylor is unopposed in the GOP primary for assessor of property. 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.

Early voting, which ended Feb. 25, saw 7,529 residents mark ballots in Washington County. Of that number, 4,897 early votes were cast in the Republican primary and 2,632 were cast in the Democratic primary.

Officials say 1,328 people voted early in Unicoi County, which was 290 less than in 2016. Three hundred Unicoi Countians voted in the Democratic primary and 1,028 voted in the Republican primary.

The early voting count was 2,319 in Carter County, which includes 1,696 who voted in the Republican primary and 623 who voted in the Democratic primary.

A total of 836 early ballots were cast in Johnson County, with 607 coming in the Republican primary and 229 in the Democratic primary.

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