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The town of Farragut leaders have a rare opportunity Thursday, Jan. 8.

The members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen have the opportunity to allow Farragut voters to be the first to implement “convenience voting.”

“Convenience voting,” as explained by Greg Mackay, Knox County Election Commission director, combines early voting and election day into one 20-day period.

What this means to Farragut residents is that in the upcoming race for mayor and open aldermen seats, voters in Farragut will have the “convenience” of driving or riding to Farragut Town Hall during the 20-day voting period and casting their votes instead of standing in what could be a long line on a single election day.


Of course this new voting period will not affect those who have chosen to early vote in the past, which, according to Mackay, is about two-thirds of the voting population.

The real plus to this new voting concept is the impact upon state and national elections.

Farragut residents in state and national elections would no longer be relegated to standing in line at Farragut High or Farragut Middle schools, but could vote at their leisure at several voting sites situated throughout the County.

The State Legislation opened the door for this new, convenient concept and Farragut has the opportunity to kick off the pilot program.

So let’s hope the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in its upcoming meeting have the wisdom to see how important it is to make voting open and available to as many citizens as possible.

Let’s set the tone for the nation.

 

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