Early voting is underway for Democratic Primary

By | April 12, 2018 6:22 am

Dena Simmons prepares to cast her ballot during early voting in the White County Democratic Primary. Dorcas Marcum, White County administrator of elections, assists Simmons and also wanted to remind everyone that early voting is now in progress and continues through April 26. Dates and times are: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday; and 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. (Photo by KIM SWINDELL WOOD)

The ballot for the May 1 White County Democratic Primary has been officially set, and early voting is underway to elect a candidate for several county positions.

There are candidates seeking election for circuit court clerk, register of deeds, and road superintendent. No Democratic candidate filed petitions to be placed on the primary ballot for sheriff, county executive, trustee, or county clerk.

The candidates who secure the most votes during the Democratic Primary will be placed on the county General Election ballot, which will be held Aug. 2.

The only competition in the Democratic Primary is the office of circuit court clerk, with political newcomer Donna Daniels vying for the position against incumbent Beverly Finley Jolley. Martha Bumbalough, register of deeds incumbent, and Clay Parker, road superintendent incumbent, are the only names on the ballot for their respective offices.

No Republican or Independent candidate filed a petition or qualified to be placed on the county’s Aug. 2 General Election ballot for circuit court clerk. Therefore, the top vote getter in the Democratic Primary will be declared the winner. However, the winner’s name will also been seen on the General Election ballot, which will be specifically as a “complimentary vote” and also applies to the other offices in the Democratic Primary

Republican candidates for county offices have already been nominated by caucus and placed on the Aug. 2 General Election ballot.

Early voting takes place April 11-26, with the primary election taking place on May 1. For more information about the upcoming elections, contact the White County Election Commission Office at (931) 836-3216 or visit the state election website at www.govoteTN.com.

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