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Early voting for the 2022 mid-term state and federal elections started on Wednesday, October 19, and will run through Thursday, November 3, in Johnson County, with the general election nationwide on November 8.

“During early voting, Johnson County residents have the convenience and flexibility of evening and Saturday hours, and I encourage voters to take advantage of this and cast their ballots early,” said Johnson County Administrator of Elections Cheri Lipford.

All county residents can vote early at the Johnson County Elections building, located at 158 Election Avenue in downtown Mountain City.

Early voting hours are Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Saturday.

“I encourage Johnson County voters to make your voice heard during our state’s generous early voting period,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

According to the Johnson County Elections Commission, Johnson County voters need to bring valid photo identification to the polls, which includes a driver’s license or a photo identification card issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security or a Tennessee state government or federal government photo identification card. However, student IDs or out-of-state driver’s licenses are not acceptable. Johnson County residents can find sample ballots and information on required identification, early voting hours, verification of registration, and polling locations for election day voting by visiting the Johnson County Election Commission’s website, JCTNVOTE.COM. Or the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website, GOVOTETN.GOV.

Voters across the state can also download the GOVOTETN app, free in the App Store or Google Play.

Turnout for early voting in each county for this midterm election can be found using the GOVOTETN app, and being that the numbers are updated daily, it seems Johnson County voters are on point with the rest of the nation in having a heavier turn-out than past elections. According to the New York Times, over 5.5 million Americans had already cast their ballots in the first three days of early voting, and these figures do not include the states that have yet to start early voting.

The high turnout for early voting suggests that the overall turnout for the 2022 mid-term election will be strong.

For additional information on early voting and other election information, contact the Johnson County Election Commission at (423)727-8592 or by email: johnson.commission@tn.gov.