Nashville early voting sites axed unless more funding added
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Unless more funding is acquired, the Davidson County Election Commission is prepared to cut the number of early voting sites in Nashville's general election from 11 to one.
Multiple media outlets report the election commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to operate only one early voting site - the state's legal minimum - if the Metro Council approves Mayor Karl Dean's proposed budget without changes.
Dean's proposed operating budget is $868,000 lower than what the commission sought.
Metro Finance Director Rich Reibeling says the elections office is being given a 25.5 funding increase over this year and has enough money to fund the early sites.
Republican commission chairman Ron Buchanan, who voted for the reductions, says the budget doesn't cover funding for 12 full-time, year-round office positions the commission requested.
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