Early voting across Monroe County for the August election will soon be kicking off from July 17 going through Aug. 1.
Those who are interested in early voting can register to vote until July 7 and election day is set for Aug. 6.
Registration can be done in person at the election commission office, via fax or online at monroecountyelectioncommission.com
According to Monroe County Administrator of Elections James Brown, they are currently accepting absentee by mail ballots.
“Anyone that wants to vote by mail can, other than any first time voter that did not register in person,” said Brown. “You have to vote in person for the first time.”
The election commission has been devising a plan, for the last several months, to allow voters to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When a voter comes into a precinct they will be given gloves, we will furnish them their own ink pen, we will have hand sanitizer available at every polling precinct, we will require voters to stay six feet apart, and we will have a custodian at each precinct ready to clean and sanitize the tables and machines after each voter uses them,” Brown stated. “All of our poll officials will have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use and those are the precautions that we have taken.”
Those on the ballot in the upcoming August election for the United States Senate Republican Primary are Clifford Adkins, Natisha Brooks, Byron Bush, Roy Dale Cope, Terry Dicus, Tom Emerson Jr., George S. Flinn Jr., Bill Hagerty, Jon Henry, Kent A. Morrell, Glen L. Neal Jr., John E. Osborne, Aaron L. Pettigrew, David Schuster and Manny Sethi.
The United States Senate Democratic Primary consists of Marquita Bradshaw, Gary G. Davis, Robin Kimbrough, James Mackler and Mark Pickrell.
Chuck Fleischmann is running unopposed for the United States House of Representatives District 3 seat in the Republican primary, as are Tennessee House of Representatives Republican candidates Lowell Russell (District 21) and Mark Cochran (District 23).
Meg Gorman is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Fleischmann.
Monroe County Commission District 1 candidates are Adam Reynolds and Cotton Upton, with one seat up for grabs.
Monroe County Commission District 1 candidates for an unexpired term are Luke Bright and Pat King, with one seat available.
Marsha A. Raper is running unopposed for assessor of property.
Candidates for the Monroe County School Board consist of Viola Marlene Prater and Donald E. Weiss for District 1 (one seat available); Curtis C. Dush, Mark B. Ingram, Jason Miller and Lon Shoopman for District 2 (two seats up for grabs); and Sharon M. Freeman, Robert S. Hooper Jr., Freddie Kelley and Sonya Martin Lynn for District 3 (two seats available).
Derek Sircy is running unopposed for constable in District 2 for an unexpired term.
There will also be a sales tax referendum on the ballot, with the question giving voters the chance to voice their view for or against an increase in the sales tax rate from 2.25% to 2.75%.