Election Commission will add workers to larger polling sites

ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 12/8/15

Additional workers will be used at the larger voting precincts in 2016, following a decision Monday by the Bradley County Election Commission.

Normally, there are three of each party stationed …

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Election Commission will add workers to larger polling sites

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Additional workers will be used at the larger voting precincts in 2016, following a decision Monday by the Bradley County Election Commission.

Normally, there are three of each party stationed at the polls. The Election Commission agreed unanimously Monday to increase that to four Republican and four Democratic workers at seven of the precincts.

The precincts specified for additional workers are: Prospect, Hopewell, E.L. Ross, the Senior Center, Michigan Avenue, Stuart and Cleveland High School.

The first election in which this new configuration will be used is the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary. Only one local office is on that ballot — Assessor of Property — and only one person has filed a petition to run for that office, incumbent Stanley Thompson. The deadline to file a petition to run for that office is Thursday.

The deadline to withdraw from the ballot is Dec. 17.

While the next election will be in March, 2016 looks to be a very busy year; thus, the need for additional workers at the larger polling locations, elections officials said. On Aug. 4, the State Primary and County General Election will take place, with U.S. House of Representative for District 3 and District 4, and Tennessee Senate District 10 being on the ballot. Also in that primary, the Tennessee House of Representative for District 22 and District 24 will also be on the ballot.

The Assessor of Property post will be on the County General Election ballot, as will County School Board spots for the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th districts. Two Charleston City Commission spots will be on the ballot, along with the Cleveland City Council At-Large seat and 3rd, 4th and 5th districts. The Cleveland City School Board posts for 1st and 2nd districts, and the At-Large seat, will be voted on in August.

Nov. 8 will be the President of the United States post on the ballot, along with the U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate and Tennessee House of Representatives seats which were on the Aug. 4 primary ballot.

“So, we will be very busy and will need some additional workers at these larger polls,” said Registrar Fran Green. She predicts a large turnout for the year, especially in August and November.

The motion to add the poll workers was made by Dana Burgner and seconded by Cristy Schuch, and was approved by those two and Chairman Travis Henry and Commissioner Oscar Kelley.

With the elections coming up in 2016, Election Commission office staff wanted to stress to those who have moved within the past year to let them know their new address. This can be done by going to the Election Commission office in the Bradley County Courthouse Annex.

The Election Commission also honored former Commissioner Theba Hamilton, who served 13 years with the group and was having a birthday in December. She was present at the meeting on Monday.

The Bradley County Election Commission meets the first Monday of each month, though it may meet more frequently with 2016 being such a busy election year.

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