Early voting begins race to Election Day

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

It’s almost impossible to watch the evening news or collect the daily mail without being bombarded with propaganda.

The steady increase in mail pieces and TV ads can only mean that Election Day is near — three weeks out to be exact. Early voting gets underway Wednesday.

Although little doubt remains as to who will become Tennessee’s next governor, it’s important to remember that several other important races are on the Nov. 2 ballot.

In addition to governor, Davidson County voters will decide who will represent Tennessee in U.S. House districts and 5 and 7. Seats held by Jim Cooper and Marsha Blackburn, respectively.

On the state level, only one of three incumbent senators in the county is facing a challenger. Sen. Douglas Henry, who narrowly won a primary challenge from Jeff Yarbro, faces Republican Dr. Steve Dickerson.

On the House side, many incumbents, including Rep. Gary Odom, Rep. Mike Turner and Rep. Beth Harwell will face challengers while most interest will be focused on the District 60 seat left open by the retirement of Rep. Ben West. Voters of that District will choose between two Metro Councilmen, Jim Gotto and Sam Coleman.

Voters will also have the opportunity to voice their preference on an amendment which would insert language into the state constitution recognizing the right to hunt and fish.

Nashville voters will also weigh-in on a charter amendment that would, among other things, allow Metro employees to coach high school sports.

Municipal elections will fill seats on the city commissions in Belle Meade, Forest Hills, Goodlettsville.

There are nine early voting sites in Davidson County.

They include: Davidson County Election Commission (800 Second Ave., S.), Belle Meade City Hall (4705 Harding Road), Bellevue Community Center (656 Colice Jeanne Road), Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike), Edmondson Pike Library (5501 Edmondson Pike), Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Ave.), Hermitage Library (3700 James Kay Lane), Living Word Church (5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway), Madison Library (610 Gallatin Pike S.)

Dates and times vary by location.

Early voting will be available at the Davidson County Election from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14. All nine sites will be open daily starting Friday, Oct. 15.

Download the complete schedule

The last day to record a name or address change within Davidson County is Thursday, Oct. 28 or visit your new polling place on Election Day.

For more information or to determine you polling location, visit www.nashville.gov/vote.