Early voting will begin Wednesday and continue through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 6.
Early voting sites inlcude the Elecction Commission Office, Bradley Square Mall in the conference center between Kay’s and J.C.Penney’s and Bi-Lo Store No. 343 on McGrady Drive’s parking lot.
Voters who will be traveling during the time periods of early voting or Election Day can also vote absentee via mail. Military personnel, over-the-road truck drivers, students, caretakers, those voters who may be hospitalized or have other medical issues which would prevent a personal appearance, or those who may be 65 or older can participate by mail ballot.
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.
Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator, said the ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by the regular Election Day, Nov. 6.
Since some of the districts and voter identification rules have changed, her office continues to field questions, Green said.
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 special care when casting their votes in the electronic machines to make certain their votes are properly recorded.
As in the past, election workers will be available at all polling places to provide instructions on how to properly operate the voting machines.
Green also stressed any voter who is unfamiliar with the process should ask a polling place worker for instructions prior to casting votes on the machines.
“A number of voting districts changed recently, and voters need to make sure — before pushing the button to cast their ballot — that they have filled it completely with their choices,” Green said.
Redistricting included portions of Bradley County in the 10th District, where a Senate vote is upcoming. Also, part of Bradley County is now in the 4th Congressional District.
Candidates for this upcoming election are: Tennessee House of Representatives District 22, Eric Watson (R) and Jonathon Gladden (D); Tennessee Senate District 10, Andre McGary (D) and Todd Gardenhire (R); U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District, Chuck Fleischmann (R) and Dr. Mary Headrick (D); U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Congressional District, Eric Stewart (D) and Dr. Scott DesJarlais (R); U.S. Senate, Bob Corker (R) and Mark E. Clayton (D); and U.S. President, Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R). Obama’s vice-presidential running mate is incumbent Joseph Biden and Romney’s running mate is Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
When it gets under way, 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 ID, redistricting or any other issue can contact the Bradley County Elections Office at 728-7115. An official ballot was included on Page 7 of Friday’s Banner.