In an effort to better serve the voting public, the DeKalb County Election Commission has a new, very user-friendly web site and one that is more compatible with today’s smart phones and electronic tablets.
The site, which can be viewed at www.dekalbelections.com, was developed by Karen Bennett of Peregrine Concepts, who worked closely with Dennis Stanley, DeKalb County Administrator of Elections.
“This site quickly provides answers to most election questions, either through text or links, and the ease of navigation for both desktop computers and smart phones makes this site much more user-friendly than the older version,” Stanley said. “In simple terms, more information is there and it is easier to locate, regardless of the electronic device you are using.”
The desktop version features a full menu on the left side of the homepage along with an announcement section on the top right. For smart phones and tablets, there is a shorter menu option at the top of the page and a full menu as the user scrolls toward the bottom of the homepage. Both versions also feature a “search” option.
“The new site is far and above better than the older version and there may be more changes in the future,” Stanley said. “In the meantime, we hope that voters (and potential voters) will visit the site, take a look around and become familiar with all the informational options available.”
“The election commission and I want to thank Karen Bennett for all her hard work on this improved site,” Stanley added. “She put in a number of hours and was very dedicated to the task. Her expertise was invaluable.”
Meanwhile, the election commission also announced today a “Sample Ballot” for the November 4 election is now online at www.dekalbelections.com and at wjle.com.
(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT)
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Tennessee voters will elect a Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressmen, State Representatives, and State Senators on November 4.
The General Election Ballot also includes four proposed Tennessee Constitutional amendments.
Amendment #1 inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion.
Amendment #2 empowers the Governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the General Assembly
Amendment # 3 prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income
Amendment #4 empowers the legislature to permit lotteries for events that benefit 501 (c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations.
Requirements to Adopt the Proposed Constitutional Amendments:
In order for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution, two things must happen:
1)The amendment must get more "yes" votes than "no" votes; and
2)The number of "yes" votes must be a majority of the votes cast in the
To determine the votes needed, all votes for all candidates for governor are added together. This number is divided by two or halved. The number of "yes" votes must exceed that number. If the number of "yes" votes exceeds the number, the Constitutional amendment passes and becomes part of the Constitution.
The City of Smithville has two referendums on the ballot on November 4.
The Retail Package Store Referendum asks city voters to either vote "To permit retail package stores to sell beverages in Smithville" or "not to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in Smithville".
The Consumption on the Premises Referendum asks city voters to either vote "for legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville" or "against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Smithville."
A simple majority vote is required for passage of the referendums.
Early voting will begin October 15 and run through October 30.
Hours are as follows:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.
All Early Voting will be in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse.