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Early voting slated for Farragut Town Hall

Early voting in Farragut has changed locations.

This election early voting is slated for the town of Farragut Town Hall.

KCEC administrator Greg Mackay confirmed that the town had changed its previous stance and would allow the election commission use of the Town Hall rotunda and the rear of the assembly room (location of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meetings).

Town administrator “Dan [Olson] told me that they figured out a way to do it,” said Sue Stuhl, director of leisure services for the town of Farragut whose programs would be most affected by the early voting. “People will be able to vote and our programs will continue as scheduled.”

Mackay said this election would mark the first presidential election held at the Town Hall. The town of Farragut has “bent over backwards” to make this work, he added.

Mackay said that a room divider, which is installed in the assembly room, would come into play when voting machines are open and the town is holding meetings in the assembly room.

Early voting begins at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 and extends through 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28. Extended hours are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

Mackay said voting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, would still be at Farragut High School and not at the Town Hall. Only early voting would be in the Town Hall.

The next early voting session would be for the May 2006 general elections.

Registered voters may vote at any early voting site. Scheduled sites in addition to the Farragut Town Hall are: Chapman Ford Center, 6510 B Chapman Highway; Knox County Courthouse, 1st Floor Lobby, 300 Main St.; Downtown West, 1645 Downtown West Blvd.; Halls Center, Knox County Clerk’s Office, 7028 Maynardville Highway; Knoxville Center Mall, Knox County Clerk’s Office, 3001 Knoxville Center Dr.; and East Knox Love Kitchen, 2418 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

For the past several elections early voting has been held at the vacant store located next to the Pilot convenience store on Campbell Station Road.

Pilot management told the farragutpress that the building was going to be torn down to make way for an updated Pilot store during the early voting period and that the site would therefore not be available for the Knox County Election Commission’s use.

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen and town staff had concluded that since the Town Hall community room was booked through the voting period with classes and other events, the election commission would be informed that the building at 11408 Municipal Dr. was not available.

Mackay, at the time, indicated if the Town Hall was not available early voting in Farragut might be nixed for this election. He also noted at the time that unless a suitable venue for the election was found, then early voting in Farragut could be eliminated altogether.

The town also released information concerning the upcoming town of Farragut election for mayor, alderman ward 1 and alderman ward 2 to be held April 5, 2005.

The first day to pick up a petition is Oct. 22; the qualifying deadline is at noon, Thursday, Jan. 20, with the withdrawal deadline slated for noon, Thursday, Jan. 27.

Early voting will be from March 16 to March 31.


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