Early voting for Metro General Election begins

Early voting for the Metro General Election has begun.

Early voting for the Metro General Election has begun in Davidson County. In addition to the high profile mayoral race, Davidson county residents will also vote for five At-Large council members, as well as Districts 1 thru 35.

“Voters are urged to take advantage of early voting and to use the free GoVoteTN app to know exactly when and where to vote,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

“If you registered recently, don’t be discouraged if your name isn’t on the list at the polling place,” said one official. “We recommend voting early so you can work out any issues.”

Voters can download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more. The platform is also available at GoVoteTN.com.

“Polling locations and times can vary during early voting and on Election Day so it is important to verify information with your county election commission through our app,” Sec. Hargett said.

Residents voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

This election will be the first to utilize new state-of-the-art voting machines, which will produce a paper ballot with the voter’s selections is printed for their review.

“Davidson County’s voting machines have been in use for over 12 years and have reached the end of useful life,” said Jeff Roberts, administrator of elections. “After evaluating functionality, security, cost and ease of use, we concluded the Election Systems & Software (ES&S) equipment is the best choice for ensuring election integrity and enabling secure, accessible, and accurate methods for casting and counting votes.”

Using touch screen technology, voters will make selections at a ballot-marking device, which will produce their choices on a paper ballot. After verification by the voter, the paper ballot will be inserted into a scanner, where their vote will be cast.

Voting at the Howard office building is Friday, July 12 thru Saturday, July 27. All early voting locations will be open Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 27. On Election Day, citizens must vote at their assigned polling place. To find your assigned location, visit www.nashville.gov/vote.