Early voting already 2,331
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 18, 2012 | 1089 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 500 absentee ballots have been mailed out so far as early voting for federal and state offices got under way Wednesday, and on the first day 2,331 voters took advantage of being able to cast their ballots early.

Three polling locations are available for Bradley County and Cleveland residents to cast their votes.

Early voting will continue through Nov. 1, and Election Day is Nov. 6.

Early voting sites include the Bradley County Election Commission Office, Bradley Square Mall in the conference center between Kay’s Jewelers and JCPenney, and the Bi-Lo Store located at the corner of McGrady Drive and APD-40. The Mobile Voting Precinct is set up in the parking lot.

Voters who may be traveling, those with medical issues can still request a mail ballot until Oct. 30, according to Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator.

According to information provided by the Elections Office, a request for such a ballot must be sent to the Bradley County Elections Office at 155 Broad St. N.W., Cleveland TN 37311, by Oct. 30.

The request must include: name, Social Security number, address, reason for voting by mail, which election you wish to vote in (including any party preference), where to mail a ballot out of county and your signature.

Officials indicated if the request is incomplete, an official application must be mailed and returned to the office before a ballot can be processed.

Green said the ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by the regular Election Day, Nov. 6.

The new Voter ID law went into effect earlier this year requiring a photo identification when voting.

Voters in the upcoming election should also take care when casting their votes in the electronic machines to make certain their votes are properly recorded.

Election workers will be available at all polling places to provide instructions on how to properly operate the voting machines.

Voters who may be unfamiliar with the process should ask a polling place worker for instructions prior to casting votes on the machines.

Hours for early voting will be daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone with questions regarding absentee balloting, Voter IDs, or any other issue can contact the Bradley County Elections Office at 728-7115.