Early Voting: Decision 2012 Starts In Cannon Co. Wednesday
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Cannon County voters get their opportunity to select the candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election beginning Wednesday (Feb. 15).

That’s the day Early Voting begins for the Presidential Preference Primary and the County Republican Primary.

Early voting will take place at the Cannon County Election Commission Office in the Adams Office Building on West Main St. Voters should enter the Election Commission Office through the Tatum Street entrance.

Registered voters must present two forms of ID to poll workers for verification, their Voter ID card and an approved form which contains a photo ID.

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

• Tennessee drivers license with your photo

• United States Passport

• Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

• Photo ID issued by the federal or any state government

• United States Military photo ID

• State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo

College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or a state government are NOT acceptable.

Exempt from the photo ID requirement are:

• Voters who vote absentee by mail

• Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility

• Voters who are hospitalized

• Voters with a religious objection to being photographed

• Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

Dates and times for Early Voting are Feb. 15,16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28 (these dates the time will be 9:30-12:30 p.m.). Late date will be the 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Both Saturdays (Feb. 18 and 25) the time will be 9:00-12:00 p.m.

There are two choices on the Democratic Party Presidential Primary Preference Election ballot, BARACK OBAMA and UNCOMMITTED.

Choice on the ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Preference Primary Election are: MICHELE BACHMAN, GARY JOHNSON, CHARLES “BUDDY” ROEMER, NEWT GINGRICH, RON PAUL, MITT ROMNEY, JON HUNTSMAN, RICK PERRY, RICK SANTORUM and UNCOMMITTED.

Several of the GOP candidates on the ballot have dropped out of the race for the nomination.

A "Write In" space is available on the ballot for both political parties.

In the Cannon County Republican Primary there is one candidate each for the two positions on the ballot. One is for County Commissioner – 4th District and Rebekah Hindman Parton is the candidate. The other is for Assessor of Property. Keith Morris is the candidate.

The winners of the county preference election advance to the County General Election in August.

The winners of the Democratic Party and Republican Party presidential preference primaries advance to the November election.

DATES FOR VOTING FEBRUARY 15-28, 2012

Dates and times for Early Voting are Feb. 15,16,17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28 (these dates the time will be 9:30-12:30 p.m.). Late date will be the 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Both Saturdays (Feb. 18 and 25) the time will be 9:00-12:00 p.m.

For additional election information call the Election Commission Office at (615) 563-5650.

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