Early voting begins

Early voting begins

February 14th, 2012 Rachel Sauls in Local Regional News

Early voting for the presidential preference primary and the county primary election begins Feb. 15 and runs through Feb. 28 at several locations throughout Hamilton County.

"We always encourage people to vote early," said Hamilton County Election Commission Director of Candidate Information Sherri Sivley. "It's less chaotic and it gives you two weeks to pick a day to vote versus having to make sure to get it in on Election Day."

All Hamilton County residents are eligible to vote for their choice of county mayor and assessor of property during early voting and the county primary, said Sivley.

The general presidential preference primary and county primary elections will be March 6.

Candidates for county mayor include incumbent Jim Coppinger (R), Basil Marceaux I (R), William Turner (R) and Richard "Rick" Wilson (D).

Candidates for assessor include Bill Bennet (R) and Jelena Butler (D).

As of Jan. 1 a valid photo identification issued by the state or federal government is required for voting. Approved types of identification include a Tennessee driver's license, a passport, a military I.D. or a government employee identification card.

For more information, contact the Hamilton County Election Commission at 493-5100.