Tennessee’s early voting period for the upcoming State and Federal General Election began today, Oct. 14, and runs Monday to Saturday until Thursday, Oct. 29.
Locally, those same dates apply for city elections for Adamsville, Crump, Saltillo and Savannah.
Early voting here takes place at the Hardin County Election Commission office on the bottom floor of the county courthouse on Main Street in Savannah. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The office is closed Sunday.
“Our top priority, this election season is that every Tennessee voter can cast their ballot safely and securely,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Utilizing Tennessee’s robust early voting period is an excellent way to accomplish this goal.”
Early voting provides Tennesseans the opportunity to avoid Election Day crowds and can shorten wait time. Early voting also offers the flexibility of evenings and Saturdays, along with multiple polling locations in many counties.
Hargett is encouraging voters to wear a face covering and maintain a 6-foot distance from poll officials and other voters. Voters should expect to see signs with further safety instructions at their polling locations. All poll officials will be wearing face coverings and will be trained in social distancing measures.
Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day must bring valid photo identification to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, by the Tennessee state government or by the federal government, is acceptable even if it’s expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.
(Ed. note: Readers are invited to participate in an anonymous online election poll at the bottom of The Courier’s home page.)