October 13, 2020
By: Dwayne Page
Early voting for the State and Federal General Election (often referred to as the Presidential Election) begins tomorrow (Wednesday) on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in Smithville.
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Voters are reminded that there are different hours for different days and voting will also be held on Saturday mornings.
“Early voting is extremely convenient, and the local election commission has varied the times throughout each week to accommodate various segments of the community,” said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections.
Early voting hours are as follows:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 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. (except the last Thursday, Oct. 29 when the hours will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except the last Friday, October 23 when the hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.
Also, safeguards will be in place to help protect both workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 Election Information
“Our office, in conjunction with the local election commission and state office, has worked to make the voting process as ‘No Touch’ as possible, just as it was in August” said Stanley.
“Voters will have access to a disposable pen when they arrive to vote which will minimize contact with shared surfaces and voting machines. Voters may also use their own pen or may use disposable gloves.”
Hand sanitizer will be available at the polling locations and poll workers have been equipped with face masks and/or face shields and some will be stationed behind plexiglass sneeze guards. Social distancing signs will be displayed either on the floor or walls throughout the entrance and voting area.
“We encourage all voters to do their part in making the voting experience a safe and efficient process,” said Stanley.
The following candidates have qualified to appear on the November 3 General Election ballot:
Candidates for President and Vice President of the United States:
*Republican Party Donald J. Trump for President and Michael R. Pence for Vice President
*Democratic Party Joseph R. Biden for President and Kamala D. Harris for Vice President
* Independent Don Blankenship for President and William Mohr for Vice President
*Independent Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente for President and Darcy G. Richardson for Vice President
*Independent Howie Hawkins for President and Angela Walker for Vice President
*Independent Jo Jorgensen for President and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen for Vice President
*Independent Alyson Kennedy for President and Malcolm Jarrett for Vice President
*Independent Gloria La Riva for President and Sunil Freeman for Vice President
*Independent Kanye West for President and Michelle Tidball for Vice President
Candidates for the United States Senate
*Republican- Bill Hagerty
*Independent- Yomi “Fapas” Faparusi Sr.
*Independent- Jeffrey Alan Grunau
*Independent- Ronnie Henley
*Independent- G. Dean Hill
*Independent- Steven J. Hooper
*Independent- Elizabeth McLeod
*Independent-Eric William Stansberry
Candidates for the United States House of Representatives-6th District
*Republican- John Rose
*Democrat-Christopher Martin Finley
*Independent-Christopher B. Monday
Tennessee House of Representatives-40th District
*Republican-Terri Lynn Weaver
Tennessee House of Representatives-46th District