Tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 4) is Election Day in Anderson County as voters go to the polls to choose candidates in the county general election and the Tennessee primary election.
Early voting ended this past Saturday (July 30), with the Anderson County Election Commission reporting that a total of 5,386 people chose to vote in the July 15-30 early voting period.
That included 3,663 who voted in the state Republican primary, and 1,533 who voted as Democrat in the primary. There were 190 who voted in the county election with no party affiliation given.
Now for the main event: The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
There are 27 precinct polling places in the county. To find out where to vote, visit the Election Commission website at acelect.com/polling-place-locations/.
For the Anderson County general election, positions being filled are for county offices, including mayor, sheriff, trustee, register of deeds, Circuit Court clerk, county clerk, road superintendent, constables, Circuit and Criminal Court judge, General Sessions judges, Juvenile Court judge, county school board, County Commission seats, public defender, and district attorney general (7th).
Oliver Springs is electing a city judge and a court clerk/finance officer.
Also on Thursday, for the state primary election Republican and Democrat candidates are being chosen for the Nov. 8 general election for governor, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate, and Tennessee House of Representatives.
There also is a long list of statewide judges who are on the ballot for voters to choose to “retain” or “replace,” including the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Anderson County Election Administrator Mark Stephens reminds voters that “state law requires that the polling place be a political-free zone when you go there. If someone comes in wearing anything that is political in any fashion, we will ask the voter to remove that. Most people will comply.”
“But American flags are OK,” Stephens said. “That’s a patriotic symbol, and an American flag is posted at every voting location by state law.”
He also noted that no campaign materials or advertisements are allowed “within 100 feet of the entrance or inside the polling location.”