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It is Time to Register to Vote

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:23 am

ELECTION ADMINISTER

donna basham

register_to_vote1The March 1, Presidential Preference Primary and Grundy County Primary Election is slowly approaching and if you are not already registered, February 1, will be the final day to do so. Anyone that is a resident of Grundy County and is 18 years old or will be 18 on or before Election Day, may register to vote in this election.

Voting and elections are always popular, but more so during an election season. The 2016 Election cycle is lined up to be huge and very exciting. New voter registrations have been coming in to the election office at a steady rate.

At one time not so many years ago, young people did not turn out at the polls as expected, taking little participation in the voting process, but that trend is slowly fading. National statistics show that young people are beginning to vote and taking an interest in the electoral process. We have seen steady flows in new voter registrations and interest in the election process from young people in our county over the past six months.

State law now makes it very easy and accessible for a person to get on the voting rolls. In addition to the Election Commission Office at the Courthouse, on line registration forms are available to complete and mail or hand deliver into our office. Simply pull up GoVoteTN and click on voter registration forms. Most public assistance agencies – such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Human Services, Health Department, all county libraries and Armed Services recruitment agencies offer voter registration to clients. Please remember, when applying at one of these businesses, it is the responsibility of the agency to send the form to the election office.

Residence: State law requires a person to register to vote in the county of their residence. Regarding that law, when county boundary lines cross through a farm, leaving the farm in two separate counties, persons residing on the farm property may Register to Vote in either county they choose, providing the farm is at least fifteen acres. Supporting documentation of such will be necessary when applying.

Residence: A commercial business address is not acceptable as a residence for voter registration and voting in Tennessee. An applicant applying must provide evidence showing a separate living facility with supporting documentation.

Residence: If a registered voter of Grundy County is absent from the county or state while a student at an institute of learning, they remain a resident of Grundy County. A person serving in the United States Military, whether stateside or off shore, remains a resident of Grundy County. A voter that has moved to a nursing facility, home for the aged, or assistant living, remains a resident of Grundy County.

Residence: If you have moved outside Grundy County, a new form will need to be completed and delivered to the election office in your new county of residence. If you are not sure of the location of the election office in the new county, we will be able to provide the address for you.

If you are uncertain of your voter status, please call our office or look up on line at www.GoVoteTN.com and follow the prompts.

Our right to register and vote is a privilege that did not happen overnight. Nearly two hundred years ago, only a select few had the right to vote. Getting that law changed came with a lot of conflict, fighting and loss of lives. Now, because of those brave people, every U.S. citizen over the age of 18 has the Right to vote in any all elections. Don’t let their efforts go unnoticed, take part in this freedom that we have as citizens of the United States. Register and vote with each opportunity.