Voting machines to be inspected; 700 register to vote
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 01, 2014 | 666 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A public inspection of voting machines is set for Monday and Bradley County Elections Office officials continue to register voters and provide information for absentee voters in the upcoming May 6 Primary.

Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator, told election commissioners during their monthly meeting that approximately 700 new voters have registered with the office since January.

The upcoming sheriff’s race, the district attorney general’s race, road superintendent, division judges, county school board seats, county clerk, circuit court clerk, constables, county mayor, public defender and register of deeds will all be on the upcoming ballot.

According to Green, 68 residents’ names will be placed on the ballot for election to the offices.

A number of the offices will be determined on May 6.

Following the May Primary, the August General and State elections will determine the candidates who are opposed.

Green said three early voting sites have been secured.

The Gallery at Sterling Pointe, located at 2544 Dalton Pike, Bradley Square Mall Suite 400, and the Bradley County Election Commission Office will be open for early voting, which begins April 16.

Voters will be able to cast ballots during early voting beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. daily. Saturday early voting hours are set from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early voting ends May 1.

Commissioners also discussed the fact some election workers will be required to undergo drug testing due to the fact they will earn over $600 during the three voting cycles. The testing stems from an IRS rule, and Bradley County policy, which considers those earning over that amount employees of Bradley County.

Three election cycles this year will put some workers over the earning threshold, mostly those who participate in early voting and regular voting days combined.

Commissioner Dana Burgner said the commissioners and administration will monitor early voting poll workers.

The public inspection of voting machines will be held Monday at the Elections Office at the Courthouse Annex, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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