Voter registration deadline for the upcoming election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Coffee County Administrator of Elections Vernita Davis encourages locals to register to vote and to use their right to cast a ballot during the election.
Early voting will begin Wednesday, Oct. 17 and will continue through Thursday, Nov. 1. Early voters cast ballots at the C.D. Stamps Community Center in Tullahoma and at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza in Manchester.
Currently, 31,400 residents have registered to vote in Coffee County, according to Davis.
Set for Nov. 6, Election Day is also nearing.
On that day, polls will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., said Davis.
On Election Day, residents must vote at the precinct designated for their region.
Davis reminded voters to bring a state or federal photo ID.
“If a voter has moved within the county, they must update their voter registration,” Davis said.
“If they have moved to another county, they must register to vote in that county.”
The following offices and candidates will be on the ballot. Republican, Democratic and Independent candidates are hopefuls for the offices on the ballot.
Bill Lee (R)
Karl Dean (D)
Marsha Blackburn (R)
Phil Bredesen (D)
U.S. House of Representatives District 6
John Rose (R)
Dawn Barlow (D)
TN House of Representatives District 47
Rush Bricken (R)
Mike Winton (D)
Additionally, a number of candidates are running as independents. Twenty-six candidates are in the race for the governor’s seat, six candidates are hopefuls for the United States Senate, and two candidates are in the race for the United States House of Representatives District 6 as independent candidates.
To see the full ballot, visit coffeecountyelectioncommission.com/sample_ballots/sample_ballots.htm.
The Coffee County Elections Office is located at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza in Manchester.
For more information, call 931-723-5103.
State scam warning
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning voters to be aware of misleading information regarding voter registration as the deadline to register for the November election approaches.
The Office of the Secretary of State has received reports of groups contacting registered voters and telling them that they are not registered to vote. Others have reported receiving pre-populated voter registration forms for individuals who are deceased and have been removed from the voting rolls.
The National Association of Secretaries of State has warned states about a scam where an organization is making calls and offering to register voters by phone. While these calls have not been reported in Tennessee, voters should be aware that they cannot register by talking to a person on the phone.
“To avoid misleading information, I urge voters to come straight to the source,” Secretary Hargett said. “Tennessee’s election officials are dedicated to making sure voters have all the information they need to participate in the November election.”
For accurate information regarding voter registration in Tennessee, voters are encouraged to visit GoVoteTN.com to register to vote or check their registration status. Voters can also contact the Division of Elections at 1-877-850-4959 or their county election commission with any questions about voter registration.
Registering to vote is easy in Tennessee
Tennessee citizens may register by-mail or online. Online voter registration allows any U.S. citizen with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to register online.
Voters can also download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more.
“Over 170,000 voters have used our website to register or update their registration since we launched online voter registration last year. Tennesseans have more options than ever to register to vote, but the deadline is approaching quickly,” Hargett said.
"Whether you vote early, by mail, or on Election Day, I encourage voters to cast a ballot and let your voices be heard this November.”
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