Early voting kicked off at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and 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.
Early voting is held at the Carter County Election Commission Office, located at 116 Holston Ave., Elizabethton, across from the Carter County Health Department. Overflow parking for early voting is in the First Baptist Church parking lot on the corner of Holston Avenue and East G Street.
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.
Prior to the polls opening Wednesday morning, the voting machines were opened for inspection by the public, party representatives, candidates, or other interested parties. “Zero Tapes” were printed for each machine to show that no votes had been cast prior to the election commencing.
When the polls opened Wednesday morning voters were lined up out the door of the Election Commission Office and local election officials are anticipating a high voter turnout due to interest in the state and federal races on the ballot.
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.
For more information on the election, ballot, your registration status, or your polling location, contact the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822.
To see a copy of the Sample Ballot click here: Nov. 6 2018 Sample Ballot