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Early voting will begin in Anderson Co. on Feb. 14 for primary

Early voting will begin next Wednesday, Feb. 14, for the March 5 U.S. presidential and Anderson County primary election, and continue through Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Locations for early voting are the Anderson County Fair Association building, 218 Nave St., Clinton; Midtown Community Center, 102 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge; and Anderson Crossing Shopping Center (Norris/Andersonville), 3324 Andersonville Highway.

Note that the location in Norris/Andersonville has moved along with the county clerk’s and trustee’s offices to a new site next to Anderson Crossing Pharmacy.

For the Anderson County primary election, positions being filled include assessor of property, District 6 county commissioner (unexpired term), chancellor for Seventh District Chancery Court (unexpired term), and school board districts,3, 4, 5 and 8.

Eight candidates are on the ballot for the Republican presidential primary, including Donald Trump. On the Democrat side, only Joe Biden is on the ballot.

Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. till noon on Saturday.

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


“But American flags are OK,” Stephens said. “That’s a patriotic symbol, and an American flag is posted at every voting location by state


He also noted that no campaign materials or advertisements are allowed “within 100 feet of the entrance or inside the polling location.”

No early-vote tallies will begin until election day, Stephens said.