Early voting is just around the corner, beginning July 16th and ending on July 31st. Voters are invited to beat the crowd on Election Day, August 5th, and stop by the Macon County Election Commission office, located at 111 East Locust Street across from the City of Lafayette Police Department, to cast their early vote Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. & Saturdays, July 17th, 24th & 31st from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There will also be two late nights for early voting on July 29th & 30th when the Election Commission Office will be open until 7 p.m., offering convenience to those who may have a schedule or work conflict with the daytime early voting hours.            

“The benefits to participating in early voting are more convenience, less time waiting in lines and a single location for those who are unsure of where their precinct is located,” said Macon County Elections Administrator Tammy Smith. “The early voting polls here at the Election Commission Office are also all handicapped accessible. I would encourage all voters to take advantage of early voting. Our office has received a lot of interest in early voting, and I expect a heavy turnout.”

Voter Reminders:

If this is the first time voting since you registered and you registered by mail, you will need to vote in person for this election. You will also need to bring one of the following forms of identification: a current voter registration card, a current Tennessee driver’s license, or a photo I.D., which includes the voter’s name and signature.

If the voter doesn’t have any of these forms of identification, they can combine the following – current & valid photo I.D. of any kind (either government-issued or private) not containing a voter’s signature, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other government document(s) that show the voter’s name and address, with one of the following – any document with the voter’s name and signature or a signed official affidavit of identity form provided by the polling place officials.

If you have moved since last voting, you will need to update your voter registration information. This will cause less confusion on Election Day at the polling places. Also, if you have had a name change due to marriage, you need to update your voter registration information.

Just a reminder for those voting in Districts 4, 15 & 16 – the voting precinct will be located at the National Guard Armory instead of the Sally Wells Building (3rd Precinct).