Election Day staffing set to change
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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With more voters utilizing early voting, the Bradley County Election Commission decided Monday to staff some regular voting day sites a little differently.

Stuart and E.L. Ross Elementary schools in the past have shown heavier voter turnout within the 17 voting day precincts.

Each will be manned by four workers with three workers being placed at the other 15 voting day sites, according to commissioners.

Commissioner Dana Burgner estimated the change would decrease election day personnel expense by more than $3,000.

Burgner related to the May Primary that should have had a heavy voter turnout.

According to reports, 13,242 voters took part in the May Primary which contained sheriff’s, district attorney, constables, commission and judges races.

Of that figure, 7,892 early votes were tallied and 5,350 votes cast on the traditional Election Day at the 17 precincts. Board member Travis Henry cited the Tennessee law regarding the number of workers required and no issues were discovered with making the change.

Commissioners voted to include a policy allowing election workers with family members who may be on the voting ballot to work at a precinct out of the particular district the candidate is running.

One candidate on the ballot in the upcoming election has a family member who works in the election process. Board members set a policy that allows the worker to perform duties on Election Day, but not during early voting. The motion to make the policy change was unanimously approved.

Election workers for both Early Voting and Election Day were also approved by the commission. Officials also discussed upcoming training of election workers, limiting any training to judges and new workers who have never participated.

Commissioners also discussed the placement of the Mobile Voting Precinct which has been under repair. Plans are in place to have the MVP placed back at its usual location in the corner of BI-LO parking lot on McGrady Drive.

Parking lot renovations have delayed the setup.

Officials will use the MVP for Early Voting only.

A public inspection of the voting machines will be held Thursday at 9 a.m.

Early voting begins July 18.

Votes for the upcoming August General and State Primary can be cast Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Early voting ends Aug. 2.

Election Day is Aug. 7 and voting will begin at 8 a.m., with polls closing at 8 p.m.

Early voting sites include the Bradley County Election Commission Office in the Courthouse Annex, the Mobile Voting Precinct at BI-LO on McGrady Drive and at Bradley Square Mall.

For additional information, visit www.bradleyelections.com.