Huntsville, TN (2018-11-01) After 14-days of balloting, Early Voting officially ended in Tennessee on Thursday. At the close of the polls, nearly 2900 had voted in Scott County. The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
According to Administrator of Elections Gabe Krahn, 2899 people voted during the state’s Early Voting period, which began back on October 17, 2018. Thursday (11/1) was by far the busiest day of balloting, as 451 people cast votes. Friday, October 26, 2018 and Friday, October 19, were among the busiest days during the period, reporting daily totals of 329 and 302, respectively. Most of the total ballots cast were by personal appearance at the polls, 2,717. Of the balance, 168 were cast by mail, and the rest, 14, at area nursing homes.
Thursday’s totals were significantly higher than those from four years ago. A hotly contested U.S. Senate race, along with a formidable race for Governor are inciting people to go vote across the state. Locally, residents of the Town of Winfield are selecting a Mayor and two aldermen. Due to the recent death of Mayor V. David Cecil, the race for the city’s top spot is up in the air, as Cecil’s name remains on the ballot. Should voters decide to elect him posthumously, then current Vice Mayor Kelvin King could remain on the council until the next election in November 2020. While not clear, a literal interpretation of the city’s charter would imply the Vice Mayor will continue to reside over the city council until the next election. If Cecil were elected, he would be unable to take the Oath of Office, meaning the Vice Mayor, per the town charter, would continue to serve. Oddly enough, King, who was recently elected Scott County Road Superintendent, chose not to seek reelection. His term would be over; however, there is no distinct language regarding the transition of power should the city council not have either a Mayor or a Vice Mayor.
Cecil had opposition on the ballot. Current Alderman and former Mayor Bob Strunk is running, along with political newcomer, Ronnie Cooper. If Strunk is elected, the city council will have to appoint someone to fill his seat, as he has two years remaining on his term.
With King not seeking reelection, four people are vying for the two aldermen’s seats up for election. Incumbent Chad Jones is opposed by former Alderman Harold Chambers, Winfield businessman Doug Wilson, Jr., and Stacy McBroom Love, a local school teacher.
The polls on Election Day will be open in Scott County from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voters in the First District will vote at Fairview Elementary School. Second District voters will cast ballots at either Robbins Elementary School or the Elgin Community Center. In the Third District, voting sites are the Paint Rock Community Center and Huntsville Elementary School. The Helenwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall is the polling place in the Fourth District, while Fifth District voters will turn out at either the Oneida City Park or the Winfield Municipal Building. In the Sixth District, Oneida City Hall is the polling site, while Burchfield Elementary School is the polling place for voters in the Seventh District.
Voters should check their voter registration card to find the right polling place for them. Voters must present a photo ID when appearing at the polls on Election Day. Such IDs may be a Tennessee State ID or an ID issued by a state or federal government. College student IDs are not permissible.