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Early voting begins in state for presidential primary

Early voting begins in state for presidential primary
Staff Reporter
Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary Election is under way locally.
The early voting period began today and will run through Feb. 28, according to Leigh Schlager, Obion County’s administrator of elections.
“We’ve had one person so far, so it’s off to a slow start,” Mrs. Schlager told The Messenger about 9:30 this morning.
The ballot lists the Re-publican and Democratic candidates for President of the United States, as well as the many Republican candidates for electoral delegates. No Democratic delegate candidates are listed, since the Democratic party appoints its delegates, while the Republican party elects its delegates.
Voters will be asked to declare a political party when voting in the primary.
Voting hours during the early voting period at the Obion County Election Office at 308 Bill Burnett Circle in Union City will be Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the two Saturdays during that period — this Saturday and Feb. 25 — from 9 a.m. to noon. The office will be closed Monday for Presidents Day, however.
A state- or federally-issued photo identification is now required to vote, unless an exception applies, and voters are reminded they need to bring a valid photo ID. Mrs. Schlager said college student IDs are not accepted.
For more information about the new law and its exceptions, call the election office at 885-1901 or visit the website
The early voting period precedes Tennessee’s March 6 Election Day. Those who opt not to vote early may cast their ballots at their designated polling station in Obion County from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 6.
Obion County has 12 polling stations, in addition to early voting, according to Mrs. Schlager.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at Published in The Messenger 2.15.12