By DALE GRAHAM
Early and absentee voting has begun in Cheatham County for the November 6th state general, Town of Kingston Springs and presidential election.
If early voting totals are any indication of the numbers on election day, this could be a record election as far as votes cast. As of Tuesday, October 30th, 7,772 Cheatham County voters had cast their ballot. In Pegram they recorded a record of 636 votes on October 25th, which was opening day at that location. As of Tuesday they had recorded a total of 1824 votes at the Pegram location, with 2 more days remaining.
In the state general election, 1 U. S. Senator will be selected, as well as 1 TN House of Representative for the 78th District which includes all of Cheatham County, and parts of Montgomery and Williamson counties. Also on the ballot will be election of one U. S. House Representative for each of the 5th (northeast corner of Cheatham County), and 6th Districts (the rest of Cheatham County). The election commission has links to the district maps on their website: http://cheathamcountytn.gov/government/elections/
Residents of Kingston Springs will have the opportunity to fill 3 seats with 3 candidates. There are also local choices for Pleasant View voters.
Whenever you go to vote, please be aware of the photo ID requirements, and come prepared for a quick and smooth visit to the polls.
The ballot can be viewed HERE.
All voters must present an ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day.
Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:
•Tennessee drivers license with your photo
•United States Passport
•Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
•Photo ID issued by the federal or any state government
•United States Military photo ID
•State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo
These IDs are not acceptable:
College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or a state government are NOT acceptable.
Who is exempt?
•Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements on the above website)
•Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
•Voters who are hospitalized
•Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
•Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee
Federal law requires first time voters who register by mail to present one of the following:
• A current photo identification with voter’s name and photo OR
• If the photo identification is expired, the voter must also present one of the following: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.
The November 6th ballot has been posted on our website: SCAdvocate.com
Don’t take anything for granted. Get informed and vote!