If you want to go ahead and cast your ballot in the state and presidential elections and head for the hills and cover your ears until late Nov. 8, you can do so starting today.
Early voting in Knox County runs through Nov. 3. Local races of note include the Tennessee House District 13 race between Democrat Gloria Johnson and incumbent Republican Eddie Smith, and the District 15 matchup between Democrat Rick Staples and Independent Pete Drew to fill the vacated seat of former Rep. Joe Armstrong. In the 18th District, Democrat Brandi Price is running against controversial incumbent Republican Rep. Martin Daniel.
And then there’s the interminable and relentlessly execrable main presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
If you want to get your civic duty done, you can cast your early ballot beginning today until 5 p.m. at 11 locations. Hours vary by polling place, but most are open at least 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. (See schedule here.)
Here are the 11 early voting locations, per the city of Knoxville’s website:
• Baker Center (UT Campus), 1640 Cumberland Ave.
• Carter Library, 9036 Asheville Hwy.
• City County Building, 400 Main St.
• Downtown West, 1543 Downtown West Blvd.
• Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Dr.
• Halls Recreation Center, 6933 Recreation Lane
• Karns Senior Center, 8042 Oak Ridge Hwy.
• Love Kitchen, 2418 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
• New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane
• North/Clinton Hwy., 4952 Clinton Hwy.
• South, 4536 Chapman Hwy., Big Lots Shopping Center
More information and ballot details can be found on the Knox County Election Commission website.
Let’s git ‘er done and get on with our lives.
Knox County-based journalist Thomas Fraser is a native of Charleston, S.C. who grew up in Oak Ridge and Knoxville. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has worked as an editor and reporter for daily newspapers and websites in Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey and Virginia.
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