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Election Commission readying for upcoming election

Washington County Election Commission members are gearing up for the Aug. 2 General Election by making plans for early voting.
During their June 26 meeting, Commissioner Jon Ruetz made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas Graham, to appoint Adam Dickson and Bob Murray as early voting inspectors.
The same commissioners made and seconded another motion to appoint selected individuals as early voting workers at the Jonesborough, Johnson City and Gray sites.
Ruetz recommended using different machines for early voting than those used last year.
“I have a sneaking suspicion that the quality of the machines may not be the best, and this is an intensive time when the machines must be left on all day for two weeks,” he said.
It was decided to have two back-up machines at each site in addition to the regular six.
Members also discussed the public notice requirements for the ballots of candidates and changes made to voting precincts during the 2012 redistricting.
The Election Commission will certify voting machiens at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 9, in the Highway 11E office.
The Election Commission also provided important voting information to residents of Washington County.
A photo ID is now required to vote. Acceptable IDs are any ID issued by the state or federal government, with the exception of student IDs. Expired photo IDs are allowed with the exception noted below for those voting for the first time after registering by mail.
The deadline for registering to vote in the Aug. 2 election is Tuesday, July 3.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 election is by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. Registered voters who are at least 60 years of age may request an absentee ballot just because of their age.
For questions about where to vote on election day, go to Voter Lookup www.tn.gov/sos/election/voterlookup/ or call the Washington County Election Office at 753-1688.
Anyone registered in Washington County may vote at any of the early voting sites, which are: Washington County Courthouse, 100 E. Main St., Jonesborough; the Washington County Health Department, 219 Princeton Road, Johnson City; Fire Station No. 8, 106 Gray Commons Circle, Gray.
If you have registered to vote and have not received your voter card, visit www.tn.gov/sos/election/voterlookup/ to check the status of your registration or call the Washington County Election Office at 753-1688.
If you registered by mail and have not yet voted in person you will need to bring a current photo ID. I
If you have registered by mail, have not yet voted in person and wish to vote absentee, go to the Washington County Election Office and sign your voter registration.
If you have moved and have not changed your address, or if you are not sure if you have changed your address, with the Election Office, visit www.tn.gov/sos/election/voterlookup/ to see if your current address is listed.
If you have a name change, this requires you to fill out a new voter registration form and mail the form or fill out a form at the Washington County Election Office. To print a form for mailing, visit www.tn.gov/sos/election/ and select: Download a Voter Registration Application.
If you have not voted in a while, you can check your status at www.tn.gov/sos/election/voterlookup/ or by calling 753-1688.