7,863 voted early; polls are open until 8 p.m.
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 06, 2014 | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WATERVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL had residents ready at 8 a.m. to cast their votes. Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
WATERVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL had residents ready at 8 a.m. to cast their votes. Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
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It’s election day!

After polling places close at 8 o’clock tonight, votes will be counted and a number of political races determined. Others will face off in the August General and State Primary.

An increase in voting activity was noted during the two weeks of early voting, which ended May 1, according to Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator.

Early voting totals were up by 1,261 ballots cast, compared to the 2010 elections.

The grand total for early voting tallied 7,863.

Voting began today at 8 a.m. for those who didn’t take the opportunity during the early voting.

Green offered a few reminders to those who will be casting their ballots today.

She said this morning that voting began to increase after 9 a.m., but it was fairly slow just after polling locations opened.

“Registered voters will vote at their assigned polling location for their residence, and will need to bring a federal or state of Tennessee-issued photo ID to vote on the voting machine. If a registered voter does not have a photo ID, federal or state of Tennessee issued, they may vote a provisional ballot, however; for that ballot to count the voter would have to bring a federal or state of Tennessee-issued photo ID within 48 hours to the Bradley County Election Commission. There are two exemptions to the law, one an indigent voter or for religious reasons. The voter will have to sign an affidavit to swear to either,” Green said.

A number of races will be decided by this evening. Races for sheriff, district attorney general, several judge seats, County Commission posts and constable positions, as well as other government offices, are on the ballot. Those unopposed will take office in September, and those facing opposition will compete in the August General and State Primary elections.

Voting locations will be: McDonald Ruritan Club, Hopewell Elementary School, Walker Valley High School, Bradley County Senior Center, Michigan Avenue Elementary School, Black Fox Elementary School, Cleveland High School, Stuart Elementary School, Waterville Community School, Valley View Elementary School, the Old Blythe Avenue School, Oak Grove Elementary School, E.L. Ross, Prospect Elementary School, Blue Springs gymnasium and Lee University. Results will be posted shortly after polls close.

For additional information, visit www.bradleyelections.com.