Early voting hits 4,617, so far

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 7/26/20

The early voting period reached its halfway point Saturday, with nearly twice as many Bradley Countians casting their ballots compared to the same time period in 2016.

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Early voting hits 4,617, so far

THE BRADLEY COUNTY ELECTION Commission Office filled up early on the first day of early voting for Cleveland and Bradley County residents.
THE BRADLEY COUNTY ELECTION Commission Office filled up early on the first day of early voting for Cleveland and Bradley County residents.
Banner photo, DANIEL GUY
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The early voting period reached its halfway point Saturday, with nearly twice as many Bradley Countians casting their ballots compared to the same time period in 2016.

According to Fran Green, Bradley County’s administrator of elections, Saturday was Day 8 of early voting; so far, 4,617 ballots have been cast locally.

In 2016, which saw the same races up for vote as the current election cycle, there were 2,661 votes cast on Day 8, she said.

“We’re right at double (the 2016 vote totals),” Green said, adding that is the case statewide.

In addition, Green said her office has mailed out 972 absentee ballots for the Aug. 6 election.

“I’ve already gotten 344 back in,” she said, adding she was processing another 100 Saturday and today.

Green said July 30 is the last day to request an absentee ballot; completed ballots must be returned to the Bradley County Election Commission Office by Aug. 6. Absentee ballots must arrive to the election commission by mail. A U.S. Post Office location is across the hall from the election commission, in the Bradley County Courthouse Annex.

A registered voter may obtain an absentee ballot request form by:

• Picking one up at the election commission office, 155 Broad St. N.W., Cleveland, TN 37311;

• Calling the office at (423) 728-7115 to request one;

• Requesting in writing; or

• Requesting by email at bradley.commission@tn.gov, or by fax at (423) 728-7116.

Anyone requesting an absentee ballot must fall under one of the categories listed at bradleyelections.com/absentee-voting/.

Green said the main reasons given for requesting an absentee ballot is the voter will be out of town, the voter is over 60 years of age, “and a lot of them are COVID-19 related.”

Early voting continues through Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 6.

Voters have the opportunity to cast ballots in the Tennessee State and U.S. primaries, as well as Bradley County General elections which also include races in the cities of Cleveland and Charleston.

There are three local early voting locations:

• Bradley County Election Commission, 155 Broad St. N.W.;

• Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway N.W., Suite 612, in the old Bath & Body Works location; and

• The former BB&T Bank building at 2375 McGrady Drive S.E.

Green said there have been no issues during the early voting process. She noted poll workers are required to wear masks, but voters are not.

“It is preferred, but it is not required,” she said.

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