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Election season kicks off with early voting

Election season kicks off with early voting
Registered voters have had 12 days to cast their decisions in the upcoming Aug. 5 county general election and state Republican primary.
Of nearly 20,000 registered voters in Weakley County, five percent have taken advantage of the early voting period that ends Saturday at noon.
According to Weakley County Election Administrator Barbara Castleman, a little more than 1,000 people in the county have already cast their ballots.
As a reminder to voters who plan to turn out for the Aug. 5 election, Castleman stressed that voters must specify if they want a Republican or Democratic ballot on election day.
“That is only for the state and federal races. If someone wants to vote for say, Mike McWherter (Democratic candidate) for governor and Stephen Fincher (Republican candidate) for congressman, they will not be able to do that,” Castleman explained.
Voters will have to choose which ballot they want to cast their ballot for the state and federal races, which include congressional, gubernatorial and executive committee seats. All voters in Weakley County will receive a county general election ballot, which includes county commission races, the trustee race, constable races and school board seats. Polls across the county open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters must present their voter registration card at the polls. For more in-depth candidate coverage, see Page 5.
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