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Poll Workers Needed for the August 1 Election

Voter Registration deadline is July 2

by Cass Teague
Poll workers are needed here in Nashville.

Although much political focus is on November’s national Presidential election, there are important offices to be decided locally. The democratic process depends on participation by citizens like you and me. One of the best ways to ensure fair and free elections is to have people like us working the polls on elections days, and that includes the all-important Early Voting period, in addition to Election Day itself.

Nashville Davidson County will hold State and Federal Primary and County General Elections, while Oak Hill adds their Municipal Election, on Thursday, August 1, 2024. All Early Voting Locations open Friday, July 12, 2024 and are available through Saturday, July 27, 2024, (except Sundays). Absentee ballot request deadline is Thursday, July 25, 2024, and USPS recommends mailing your request form no later than Thursday, July 18, 2024 to ensure timely return of your voted ballot.

On the ballot in Nashville’s Primary will be the United States Senate seat currently held by Marsha Blackburn. Also on the Primary ballot are the United States House of Representatives District 5 seat currently held by Andy Ogles, the United States House of Representatives District 6 seat currently held by John Rose, and the United States House of Representatives District 7 seat currently held by Mark E. Green, all Republicans who actually live in Clarksville, Columbia, and Cookeville, but theoretically represent Nashville.

Also on the Primary ballot are Tennessee Senate District 20, along with House of Representatives Districts 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, and 60. Various State Executive Committeemen and Committeewomen are also on ballot. In the County Election proper, Circuit Court Judge Division IV 20th Judicial District Unexpired Term; Assessor of Property; School Board Representatives for Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9; along with Judicial Retention Questions for Supreme Court, At Large and Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Division.

To register to Vote in Davidson County: You must be a U.S. citizen, and you must be a resident of Davidson County, and you must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election, and, if you have had a felony conviction, your eligibility to register and vote depends upon the crime you were convicted of and the date of your conviction. For more information, call 877-850-4959 or refer to the eligibility guidelines on the website. The Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Elections offers online voter registration. If you have a Tennessee Driver License or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID, you are encouraged to use their site to register to vote or to update an existing voter registration.

If you prefer to use a paper application, locations you may pick up voter registration applications are published by the Tennessee Secretary of State Division of Elections. They are also available at all Nashville Public Library locations. Mail your completed application to: P.O. Box 650, Nashville, TN 37202. Or, if desired, hand-deliver your application to one of these two locations: Metro Southeast Facility, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Davidson County Election Commission, Nashville, TN 37217; or Metro Office Building, 800 President Ronald Reagan Way, 4th Floor, Elections Administration, Nashville, TN 37210. New registrations must be postmarked or hand-delivered to either office no later than thirty (30) days before an election, in order to vote in that election. Thus the deadline for the Thursday, August 1 Election is Tuesday, July 2; if you are registered, then you are eligible to Early Vote beginning July 12.

More details on the candidates, elections, and voter registration, are on the website: https://www.nashville.gov/departments/elections

There is always a need for capable, dedicated Davidson County residents who want to serve as Poll Officials on Election Days. Applicants must be registered to vote in Davidson County. Applications will be accepted up until 2 weeks before Election Day. The next scheduled Election Day is Thursday, August 1, 2024. (PLEASE NOTE: If you have applied or have worked a Davidson County Election in the past, please do not apply again. Call the office to get restarted.) Pay is $30 per mandatory online training class completed, and you will be paid $150 per Election Day worked. On Election Day, you must provide your own transportation to your assigned work location, and you must be willing to work 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., or until the last voter has voted and all precinct work is completed, usually 8:00 p.m.

All Poll Officials must serve on an Election Day before being considered to work Early Voting. Early Voting workers are chosen from committed Election Day Poll Officials. Therefore, if you work on Election Day, Thursday, August 1, you may be eligible to work Early Voting for the November Election ($150 per day). Note that Early Voting typically requires a 6-day workweek commitment ($900 per week). If you have questions, please call Election Staffing and Training Department at 615-862-4372 or email: helpvote@nashville.gov. Please go to their website for complete details of the Poll Official Position information: https://www.nashville.gov/departments/elections/poll-officials

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