The November election is 40 days away and there are some important October dates for residents to keep in mind.
Voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 5.
“For someone to be officially registered to vote in November, they must get their registration to us by Oct. 5,” said Warren County election administrator Susie Davenport. “If it’s not in our hands by then, it at least needs to be postmarked by Oct. 5.”
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Voter registration status can be checked at Vote.org.
Potential voters can register online at govotetn.com as long as they have a valid state-issued Tennessee ID. The registration form can be printed from the website as well.
Early voting period runs Wednesday, Oct. 14, to Thursday, Oct. 29.
• Bring a Tennessee or federal government-issued photo ID.
• First-time voters who register by mail will also need to show proof of residence to vote. Acceptable forms include: a current photo ID (unexpired), or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows name and address.
• Voters without photo ID will be allowed to vote using a provisional ballot. You will then have two business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid ID.
The deadline to request absentee voting is Tuesday, Oct. 27.
The application to request absentee voting can be found at govotetn.com. The application itself can mailed, emailed, or dropped off in person. Once the request has been received and approved, a ballot will be mailed to the voter.
“The ballot has to get to us by close of business day on Election Day. We check with the post office at closing time to make sure we have all the absentee ballots,” Davenport explained. “They can also be sent by FedEx, UPS, or DHL but they must come by mail. They can’t be hand delivered. The statute specifies they must be sent by mail.”
On Nov. 3, there will be mayoral and aldermanic elections in McMinnville, Centertown and Viola and aldermanic elections in Morrison.
There will be general elections for State Representative, State Senate, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senate and U.S. President.