Early voting begins this morning for the Nov. 4 election with a ballot including local, state and federal elections along with four constitutional amendment questions.
Doors open at the early voting room behind the county government building today at 9 a.m. Early voting will continue every weekday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through Oct. 30. Any registered voter may cast their ballot early.
Those not exercising their early voting option may go to the polls Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. when precincts are open across the county for election day. All voters must bring photo ID to vote.
This year’s ballot offers a wide array of races. For McMinnville city voters, they will get to pick three new aldermen from a field of eight hopefuls. Incumbents Billy Wood, Rick Barnes and Ken Smith are not running.
Those asking for the three open spots on the city board are Everett Brock, Linda Holland, Ben Foust, Billy Tanner, Ryle Chastain, John Douglass, David H. Hill and Steve Harvey.
In Morrison, the mayor’s seat is being contested as Mayor Sue Anderson is being faced by Donald Miller. Three candidates are seeking two aldermanic spots in Morrison as Joe H. Hefner Jr, Chris Farley and Daniel Chisam vie for the spot.
On the state level, local resident Kevin Dunlap is the Democratic nominee for the 43rd District State House race. He is competing against Republican Robert F. Dunham and independent Edward Leon Buck.
U.S. Congressman Dr. Scott DesJarlais faces opposition from Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell and independent Dr. Robert Rankin Doggart. In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Lamar Alexander is being challenged by Democrat Gordon Ball and a host of independent candidates.
Gov. Bill Haslam faces a host of opposition including Democrat Charlie Brown.
A sample ballot ran in the Friday edition of the Southern Standard and included the four constitutional amendment questions that even director of elections Donna Smith admits is confusing.
For more information on the four constitutional amendments see today’s installment of “Family Man” on page 4A.