Early voting for the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election begins next week on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with the last day to early vote on Thursday, 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.
While the last day to register to vote was on Monday, Rhea County Deputy administrator of Elections Felicia 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.”
There are a wide range of races on the ballot this year, from the presidential election to municipal elections in Graysville.
In the race for president, incumbent Republican President Donald Trump is facing challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden on Democratic side. In the race of U.S. Senate, to fill the seat of Lamar Alexander, Republican nominee Bill Hagerty is running against Democratic nominee Marquita Bradshaw. In the U.S. House race, incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is facing off against Democratic challenger Christopher Hale.
At the state level, State Sen. Ken Yager is running unopposed in his bid fro re-election, while State Rep. Ron Travis is facing off against Democratic challenger Dean Sparks.
Locally, the entire Graysville Board of Mayor Commissioners is up for election this year. In the mayoral race, Andy Beene and Charles Kaylor are both vying for the position. Graysville residents will also vote for four of the six candidates for city commission: Tim Berube, Lisa Brooks, Bill Crawley, Michael May, Vickie May and David Sulcer.
In Spring City, voters will be casting their ballot in a referendum that, if passed, would allow the construction of liquor stores within the city limits.
For more information about election, contact the Rhea County Election Commission at (423) 775-7816l