Early voting for the August 4 election began on Friday, July 15. Through four complete days of early voting (July 15, 16 and 18 and 19), a total of 1,538 total votes have been cast. Of those, 635 are county voters, 567 reside in Tullahoma and 336 reside in Manchester.
Monday, July 18 has been the heaviest day of early voting so far, with 535 total votes cast on that day.
It is still early with early voting running through July 30, but as of now Coffee County turnout is about 18% behind the pace of the 2018 election through the same number of days and is right on track with 2014 turnout. According to Coffee County Administrator of Elections Andy Farrar, about 252 fewer votes were cast through three days of early voting this year versus 2018. Farrar added that lines and wait times are currently minimal.
Those interested in voting early will have multiple opportunities to do so.
Early voting in Manchester is at the Coffee County Election Commission, located at 1329 McArthur St. Suite 6. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 to noon on Saturdays July 15-30.
Meanwhile, in Tullahoma early voting is at the CD Stamps Center at 810 South Jackson St. Hours are 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays July 15-30.
If you do not vote early, you may vote at your assigned precinct on August 4.
“Coffee County voters need to be aware that the August ballot is longer than we normally see and will take additional time to complete,” said Coffee County Elections Administrator Andy Farrar. “In this election you’ll have the opportunity to choose which candidates will advance to the general election in November, to retain or replace judges and elect Circuit and General Session Court Judges, District Attorney, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Commissioners, Sheriff, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk, Road Superintendent, Road Commissioners, School Board, Constables, Manchester City Mayor, Alderman and School Board, City of Tullahoma Alderman and School Board .”
Coffee County voters are encouraged to review their sample ballot before they head to the polls. Reviewing your ballot and deciding how you will vote can reduce your time at the polls.
“With the longer ballot in this election, I encourage Coffee County voters to make your voice heard during our state’s generous early voting period,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Casting your ballot early and reviewing your ballot before you go can reduce the amount of time it takes to vote.”