Early Voting Hours Set for March 1 Primaries (VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE)

Early voting hours for the March 1 Presidential Preference Primaries and DeKalb County Democratic Primary have been set by the DeKalb County Election Commission.
Following a plan that has been in place the past few years, the Commission voted to set the following early voting hours:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.
Early voting will be held at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Smithville and the voting days are February 10-23 except President’s Day (February 15) when the courthouse will be closed.
“The Commission is always interested in arranging the schedule to accommodate a wide range of voters,” said Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections. “This schedule does that as there are two periods of afternoon voting times to accommodate those who work, along with the Saturday hours.”
“This is a lengthy ballot due to the number of presidential candidates and the Republican delegate candidates,” Stanley continued. (see ballot pdf) “Voters are encouraged to take advantage of the early voting opportunities so the lines will not be as long on election day.”
Meanwhile, “In an effort to create a pleasant, non-disruptive and orderly atmosphere without undue delays for all voters, the legislature passed a new law effective this month concerning using cell phones in the polling place,” Stanley said. “The law prohibits using mobile electronic or communication devices by voters for telephone conversations, recording or taking photographs or videos while inside the polling place. The law also allows for the silencing of cell phones.”
“The Tennessee Division of Elections has created an ‘app’ called GoVoteTn which contains a lot of voting information individualized for each voter,” Stanley continued. “Voters will be able to access this ‘app’ or others if needed for informational purposes, but phone conversations are not allowed, the phones must be silenced and any election content on the phone cannot be shown to other voters.”
“This ‘app’ is a great tool to use in order to be prepared when you step into the voting booth,” Stanley added. “When voters are unprepared, they slow down the entire voting process for all voters and may have their time in the voting booth limited pursuant to T.C.A. 2-7-118(a).”

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