With the early voting period scheduled to end on Thursday, Putnam County election officials now say more than 6,000 people have taken the opportunity to cast early ballots. The early voting period runs from 25 days before an election to five days before. That means Thursday, October 28, will be the final day. Meanwhile, Administrator of Elections Debbie Steidl is reminding those who don't have the chance to vote early that the county's 25 voting precincts will be open at 9 am on Election Day, November 2nd, and remain open until 7 pm that day.
"A lot of voters will hear on the Nashville television stations that polls are opening at 7 am," Steidl said. "But, by state law, each county election commission in the state sets their own hours for opening and closing of the polls. In Putnam County, the election commission voted this month to open polls at 9 am, just as we have for more than 30 years. Election workers are not allowed to let anyone into the polling place to vote before before nine o'clock in the morning."
Steidl also says that at seven o'clock that night, an election worker will be stationed at the end of the line of voters at each precinct, and anyone in front of him will be allowed to vote, while no one who shows up after 7 pm is allowed to vote. Anyone with questions can call the Election Commission office at 526-2566.