Information from WYSH Radio
Election Day primer
Today is Election Day in Tennessee.
In Anderson County, it is not only state and federal primary day, but it’s also the county general election. All 16 County Commission seats are on the ballot, along with seats on the School Board. This election cycle has been dominated by the high-profile races for county mayor and sheriff, but three judicial races and contested campaigns for Circuit Court clerk and register of deeds will also be decided.
Polls across the county will be open until 8 p.m., and voters are reminded that you must vote at the precinct listed on your voter registration card. Keep in mind, with so many contested local races, judicial and state Supreme Court retention votes, and state and federal primary elections, lines at polling locations could be long, so be patient. If you need a ride to the polls anywhere in Anderson County today, you can call or text Catherine at (865) 230-2594.
To save time in the voting booth, we recommend taking a look at the ballot before you head out to vote. You can find it and a list of all the polling locations on the Anderson County Election Commission’s website. Voters need to bring valid state or federally issued photo IDs to the polls with them. Those who forget to bring valid photo IDs can cast provisional ballots, then return to their local election commission offices before the close of business Monday in order to have their votes counted.
WYSH will broadcast live election results from the courthouse beginning just after the polls close Thursday night. For more election information, including a look at that complete ballot, visit www.acelect.com. You can also call (865) 457-6238 for more information.
State to post statewide, federal election results
(Tennessee Secretary of State) Results for state and federal races will be posted on after the polls close Thursday night. However, due to the length of the ballot, county election officials may be reporting those results more slowly than usual.
“We rely on county election officials to send the results to our office as quickly as possible, and they do a great job in reporting the numbers to us,” Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said. “The long ballot requires more time to close a precinct. Furthermore, counties entering the results into the state database will require a tremendous amount of data entry. We don’t want election officials to sacrifice accuracy for the sake of speed. We know election officials in all 95 counties are going to do the best they can. We appreciate everyone’s patience as the process works on election night.”
The website will post results on the races for governor, state House and Senate seats, U.S. House and Senate seats, Supreme Court retention questions, appellate court retention questions, and state judicial races. The website will not have results for county races.
In addition to posting results on www.GoVoteTN.com, the Secretary of State’s office will be sending election night updates on Facebook and Twitter. To check for Facebook updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeSecretaryofState.
To sign up for Twitter updates, please visit the links listed below:
- Tennessee Senate Republican primary races—https://twitter.com/tnsenater
- Tennessee Senate Democratic primary races—https://twitter.com/tnsenated
- Tennessee House Republican primary races—https://twitter.com/tnhouser
- Tennessee House Democratic primary races—https://twitter.com/tnhoused
- Tennessee U.S. House primary races—https://twitter.com/tnushouse
- Tennessee U.S. Senate primary races—https://twitter.com/tnussenate
- Tennessee governor primary races—https://twitter.com/tngovelection
- Tennessee Supreme Court retention races—https://twitter.com/tnscelection
State offers toll-free election hotline
(Tennessee Secretary of State) As Tennesseans head to the polls Thursday, Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging them to call the state Division of Elections’ toll-free hotline number if they have questions or concerns about voting or the electoral process.
That number is (877) 850-4959. Division of Elections staff members will be answering calls throughout the day and evening hours Thursday.
“Our hotline is a service to help clear up any confusion Tennesseans have about issues related to Election Day,” Hargett said. “We want voters to feel confident and informed when they are casting their ballots.”
Voters need to bring valid state- or federally-issued photo identification to the polls with them. Those who forget to bring valid photo IDs can cast provisional ballots, then return to their local election commission offices before the close of business Monday in order to have their votes counted.
For questions regarding polling locations and hours, voters should contact their local election commission offices. A list of election commission offices can be found here.
Unofficial election results for state and federal races will be posted on www.GoVoteTN.com after the polls close Thursday night. However, due to the length of the ballot, county election officials may be reporting those results more slowly than usual. The website will post results on the races for governor, state House and Senate seats, U.S. House and Senate seats, Supreme Court retention questions, appellate court retention questions, and state judicial races. The website will not have results for county races.
See more coverage of the 2014 Election here.