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Carter County Election Commission to provide live election results on website

For the first time ever, the Carter County Election Commission will be providing live results updates through its website as the precincts begin reporting in on November 6.

“This is something we have wanted to do for a long time,” said Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Harris. “We are pleased we are now able to offer this service to our citizens this year.”

Those who are interested in following the results in Carter County can visit the Election Commission’s website at www.cartercountytn.gov/election-office and click on the link for “Live Election Results.” Election officials will be entering results as the precinct totals are available and the web page will update automatically every few minutes.

Each of the major races will be tracked and website visitors can click through the different tabs on the results page to track the races they are interested in.

Interest in the Nov. 6 mid-term elections has been high, according to Harris, with Carter County seeing a record number of residents participating in early voting. When the early voting polls closed on Nov. 1, a total of 9,722 Carter Countians had cast their ballots. That number is more than double the early voting turnout for the mid-term elections in 2014 when 4,196 Carter Countians cast their ballots early.

When the Early Voting polls closed on Thursday, election officials secured the vote tally cards from the machines in lockbox. After the polls close on Election Day, those tally cards will be processed so the votes cast during early voting can be tallied.

Residents of Carter County will cast their votes for a number of local, state, and federal races. At the state level, voters will be casting ballots for representatives to the Tennessee General Assembly as well as the Tennessee Governor. On the federal side, voters will be choosing a new U.S. Senator as well as casting ballots for their member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Residents who live in the cities of Elizabethton and Watauga will be voting in a variety of municipal races.

Residents of Carter County’s 4th District – which includes the Courthouse, East Side, National Guard Armory, and Siam Precincts – will be voting to fill an unexpired term on the Carter County Board of Education.

Election Day will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open that day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Voters are reminded they need to bring their state or federal government issued photo identification in order to participate in voting.

Voters seeking additional information on the election, or needing to find out where they vote, can contact the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822 or go online to www.GoVoteTN.com.

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TCAT Elizabethton forms training partnership with Kubota

JOHNSON CITY PRESS – ELIZABETHTON — Kubota, the global company that manufactures construction and agricultural equipment, is the latest corporation to enter into a training partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton. The partnerships are designed to provide technical training to current and future employees of Kubota dealers.

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Little Milligan celebrates Halloween with annual event

ELIZABETHTON STAR – For decades now, the Little Milligan community has come together for some scary festive fun.

And this year was no different as people converged on the Little Milligan Elementary gym to celebrate the Halloween season Monday.

“We have done this since probably the 1960s, and it is just a tradition that has continued every year,” said Little Milligan teacher Christy Dickerson.

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Cloudland Elementary School to host career fair for parents of school children

ELIZABETHTON STAR – When parents go through hard times, their children do, as well, and when financial situations make school even more difficult, many students find it difficult to keep up. One counselor hopes to break that pattern.

Cloudland Elementary School Counselor Brandon Young said the idea for a special job fair came to him after researching why so many students at Cloudland Elementary School were “chronically tardy.”

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County asks state to amend Post-Mortem Examination Act

ELIZABETHTON STAR – Reacting to a growth in autopsies performed by ETSU’s William L. Jenkins Forensic Center for Carter County, the county commission voted to ask the Tennessee General Assembly to make a key change to state law.

During this month’s meeting, the commission approved unanimously, 23-0, a resolution to request that State Representatives for Carter County present legislation that would amend the Post-Mortem Examination Act so that only district attorneys, with the consultation of local law enforcement, can call for autopsies.

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Carter County dedicates Roan Mountain bridge after Jim and Edna Potter

ELIZABETHTON STAR – After a lifetime of service to their community through education, the late Jim and Edna Potter will now have a bridge named in their honor this weekend.

On Sunday, October 28, Carter County will come together and dedicate the bridge spanning Doe River in Roan Mountain in honor of Jim and Edna Potter, lifetime teachers in Carter County. Mr. Potter died in 2002, and Mrs. Potter died in 2015.

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Carter County to honor fallen Purple Heart veteran with bridge dedication

ELIZABETHTON STAR –

When Hampton’s Wanda Marlowe crosses the bridge that spans Laurel Falls Creek on US Highway 19E in Carter County, she will soon be reminded of her fallen family member Command Sergeant Major James C. Gilbert.

Gilbert, who served in the Vietnam War with the United States Army, died on March 12, 1969, under hostile conditions while evacuating wounded soldiers from a battlefield via helicopter in Vietnam. And on Saturday, Oct. 27, a bridge dedication ceremony will be held in the memory of Gilbert as the bridge that spans Laurel Falls Creek takes on his name.

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Early voting turnout now officially higher than 2014 mid-terms

In the first week of early voting for the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections turnout has now officially exceeded that of the 2014 mid-terms in Carter County.

When the early voting polls closed on Tuesday afternoon, a total of 4,603 Carter County residents had cast their ballots, and there is still more than a week to go in the early voting period. In 2014, 4,196 Carter Countians took part in early voting.

Typically, when comparing voting turnout numbers, Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Harris recommends comparing similar elections as participation rates vary based on what offices are on the ballot. For example, Harris recommends comparing turnout numbers for mid-term elections against other mid-term election years. However, with the volume of voters lining up to cast their votes so far during this election cycle, the turnout numbers could be as high this year as they are during Presidential elections, which traditionally have the highest participation rate.

The record for early voting turnout was set in 2016 during the Presidential election when 11,547 residents took advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots early.

There are still eight days left for early voting for the 2018 mid-terms. Early voting will continue through Thursday, Nov. 1. Polls are open from 9 a.m .until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until Noon on Saturdays during the early voting period. Election day will be Tuesday, Nov. 6 and precinct polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on that day.

Early Voting is held at the Carter County Election Commission Office, located at 116 Holston Avenue, across from the Carter County Health Department. Overflow parking for early voting is in the First Baptist Church parking lot located on the corner of Holston Avenue and East G Street.

Carter County voters are casting ballots in a variety of federal, state, and local municipal elections. To see a full copy of the sample ballot click here: Nov. 6 2018 Sample Ballot

For more information on Early Voting, please contact the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822.

 

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Early Voting seeing record breaking numbers turning out to cast ballots

Just four days into the early voting cycle local election officials are already seeing record-breaking turnout for the mid-term elections.

Turnout has been extremely high during the first four days of the early voting cycle when compared to the numbers from the 2014 mid-terms, according to Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Harris. During the first four days of early voting during the 2014 mid-term elections, 843 residents cast their ballots. When the polls closed on the fourth day of early voting this year, 2,934 voters had cast their ballots, more than three times the number from 2014.

Harris likened the early voting turnout for this election to that of the 2016 Presidential election. Traditionally, according to Harris, Presidential elections have the highest voter turnout rating. The first four days of this early voting cycle fell less than 70 voters shy of seeing the same turnout level as the 2016 Presidential election, which saw 3,002 voters casting ballots in the first four days.

With the number of voters heading to polls during early voting, Harris said this election is already breaking records as far as voter turnout, and she expects it will be an overall record-breaking election. In the 2014 mid-term elections the total turnout for Early Voting was 4,196. “We will break that, probably by Tuesday afternoon,” Harris said.

Early voting will continue through Nov. 1 at the Carter County Election Commission, located at 116 Holston Avenue, across from the Carter County Health Department. Polls are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until Noon during the early voting period.

Harris reminds voters that they must bring their state of Tennessee or federal government issued photo identification with them in order to be allowed to vote.

Carter County voters will be casting ballots for representatives to the Tennessee General Assembly as well as Tennessee governor. On the federal side, voters will be choosing a new U.S. Senator as well as casting ballots for their member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Residents who live in the cities of Elizabethton, Watauga, and Johnson City will also be voting in a variety of city races.

Carter County residents of the 4th District – Courthouse, East Side, National Guard Armory, and Siam precincts – will be voting to fill an unexpired term on the Carter County Board of Education.

Election Day will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open that day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

During the early voting period, the Carter County Election Commission is an operating poll site under Tennessee State law and is subject to the boundary rule. Per state law, no campaign materials including signs, shirts, hats, campaign literature are permitted within 100 feet of a polling place. No campaigning, including vote solicitation, can take place inside the boundary and political candidates are prohibited from entering the boundary unless they have official business inside the Election Commission Office.

For more information on the Nov. 6 election, contact the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822.

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