674 new voters register
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Mar 30, 2014 | 792 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A full ballot, dozens of local, state and federal races and a hotly contested sheriff’s race have apparently not spurred any heavy interest in Bradley County voter registration.

Fran Green, Bradley County Elections Administrator, reports 674 new voters have registered since January.

“That is really an average number for an election year,” Green said.

The numbers could increase in the next week as the April 7 deadline for registering approaches.

Mail-in applications must also be postmarked by or on that date.

In the last major county election in 2010, some 13,134 residents voted, bringing the voter turnout to 21.23 percent of all total voters registered at that time.

Slightly more than half cast their votes early or by absentee ballots in that election.

The 2010 election saw the most votes cast in the contest for the county mayor position where 12,669 cast their votes in the primaries.

Voters also gave their interest to the race for Bradley County sheriff where a total of 12,523 marked the space for their candidate.

For comparison, the 2012 general election which included the presidential race, brought 36,196 voters to the polls.

Green wanted to remind voters early voting will run from April 16 through May 1. Operating hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Voting stations will be closed April 18 in observance of Good Friday.

Early voting stations will be located at the Election Commission office, Bradley Square Mall (Suite 400) and The Gallery at Sterling Pointe (Suite 103).

Election day will be May 6 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Anyone with questions or desiring assistance with voter registration can contact the Election Commission office at 155 Broad St. N.W. in Cleveland or call 423-728-7115.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m until 4:30 p.m.