Early voting starts today for the Nov. 6 elections which will have wide-ranging impact, from local mayors to United States president.
The early voting option, which is open to any registered voter, will run today until Nov. 1. Early voting is being held in its customary location behind the county government building on Locust Street. Hours for voting are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.
Those who do not take advantage of the early vote option may vote in their home precincts when polls open around the county Nov. 6. A sample ballot was published in last Friday’s edition of the newspaper. A sample ballot can also be viewed online by going to www.warrentnelections.com.
Voters are asked to bring a form of photo ID. Under a new state law, people who do not bring photo ID will have to fill out a provisional ballot which will only be counted if they return with a photo ID.
This year’s early voting period comes four years after Warren County set its all-time record for early voting ahead of the 2008 presidential election in which Barrack Obama was elected to his first term of office despite failing to win Warren County. A total of 8,254 people voted early in the election four years ago.
This year’s elections will include municipal elections in all four of the county’s incorporated cities.
In McMinnville, there is a four-way race for mayor, while nine candidates are seeking election to three full-term alderman seats. A two-person battle will also be held to fill the unexpired term for the alderman seat given up by Junior Medley, who has moved to Viola. That term will be for just two years rather than four.
McMinnville resident swill also vote on two building initiatives, one asking for funding for Park Theatre, and the other for funding for the Blue Building. Neither referendum is binding.
Along with the city elections, Tennessee Senate, Tennessee House, U.S. House and U.S. Senate races are on the ballot. Topping the election is the race for president.