|Early voting in county slow — so far |
|Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:00 pm |
| By CHRIS MENEES |
Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary has been slow in Obion County.
Obion County administrator of elections Leigh Schlager said a total of 283 people — 230 Republicans and 53 Democrats — had voted early as of Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday also marked the biggest day so far for the local early voting, with 76 people casting their ballots.
“It’s picking up,” Mrs. Schlager said.
She speculates the turnout likely would be higher if the ballot included any local races and she anticipates the turnout for the August election will be higher.
“It’s been kind of slow across the state, too,” she said.
On the plus side, since this is the first election since a photo identification requirement went into effect, Mrs. Schlager said it has been nice to ease into the process with the slow turnout. She said there have been no problems so far and everyone has had the proper I.D.
Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary Election began a week ago and will continue through Tuesday.
Voting hours during the early voting period at the Obion County Election Office at 308 Bill Burnett Circle in Union City are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the two Saturdays during that period from 9 a.m. to noon.
The ballot lists the Republican 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.
The early voting period precedes Tennessee’s March 6 Election Day, known nationwide as “Super Tuesday.” 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.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.22.12