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Voting begins today for general election

Early voting starts today, and Administrator of Elections Maybell Stewart said there are several reasons to expect a larger turnout in Washington County.
“We always have more people vote in the November election,” she said.
According to Stewart, 29,303 people voted during the 2010 gubernatorial election, and the presidential election in 2012 drew 48,290 votes from Washington County residents.
The Jonesborough municipal election for mayor and two aldermen also may bring more people to the polls, she said. “The town consists of only one precinct, which is the Visitors Center, though we may see an increase in that precinct.”
Stewart said the four constitutional amendments on the ballot are likely to generate interest. Topics include statutes regarding abortion; appointments and elections of Supreme Court and Appellate Court judges; state and local taxes on payroll or earned personal income; and permitted forms of lottery.
In addition, county residents will cast their opinions on the sale of wine at retail food stores in Johnson City and Jonesborough.
The Nov. 4 election also will complete the Washington County Commission by filling the third seat in the 1st District.
Early voting will continue through Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Jonesborough Courthouse, 100 E. Main St.; the Gray Commons, 106 Gray Commons Circle in Gray; and the Washington County-Johnson City Health Department, 219 Princeton Road in Johnson City.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Voters are reminded to bring photo identification.