Tennesseans who want to vote in the Nov. 3 state and federal general election have less than a week until the voter registration deadline on Monday, Oct. 5.
“To make your voice heard at the polls on Election Day, you need to register to vote,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “With the convenience of our online voter registration system, it’s never been easier or safer for Tennesseans to register to vote or update their registration.”
The state deadline to register to vote also applies to Rhea County voters, and Rhea County Deputy Administrators of Elections Felicia Goodman said that the local officials have already set the times for the early voting period, which runs from Monday, Oct. 14, to Friday, Oct. 29.
Early voting will take place and the Rhea County Election Commission, located at 125 Court Street in Dayton, throughout the early voting period. Polls will be open during this time Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Early voting will also be available at the Spring City Municipal Building from Monday, Oct. 19, to Saturday, Oct. 24. Polls are also open during that time Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Goodman said that the county election commission has seen an uptick in those looking to register to vote ahead of the November presidential election.
“People are registering like crazy,” Goodman said. “We’re definitely seeing a lot of people registering to vote.”
Registering to vote, updating your address or checking your registration status is fast, easy and secure with the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system. Any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or a photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security can register online from any computer or mobile device at GoVoteTN.com.
Voters can also download a paper voter registration application at GoVoteTN.com. Completed paper voter registration applications must be submitted or postmarked to your local county election commission office by Oct. 5.
Election Day registration is not available.
Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more at GoVoteTN.com or on the free GoVoteTN app available in the App Store and Google Play.