UPDATE: The clock is ticking for Tennessee and Georgia residents to register to vote. If you want to make sure your voice is heard this November you will have to register to vote before the end of the day on October 11th.
Voters can download the registration application online and submit them by mail in most counties, but it must be postmarked or it won't count. This year the Hamilton County Election Administrator Kerry Steelman said more than 10,000 residents registered in just the last month, he estimates that number to be a lot higher by the end of Tuesday.
In the state of Tennessee the last day to register to vote is 30 days prior to election, if that day falls on a weekend or holiday like this year that deadline is extended to the next business day.
"It’s one of the most basic fundamental constitutional rights that we have in this country is voting,” Steelman said.
Jeff and Katie McFarlane registered in person Tuesday, though they waited until the last day they said it would've been a mistake to miss out.
"As parents were concerned about where our nation is going," said Jeff McFarlane.
The McFarlane's also brought their kids along to show them the privilege it is to have a voice.
"I think it's just part of being an American. It’s what sets us apart and it's something we can do,” Katie McFarlane said.
Election officers also encourage residents already registered to go online and double check all information is updated to prevent delays on election day.
Officials said there are about 180,000 active registered voters in Hamilton County, but Steelman said many don't show up at the polls. It’s why he’s encouraging everyone to not only register, but also to show up on November 8th. If you drop off forms after lobby hours at your local post office be sure to check the final pick up time for the evening to make sure you get a post mark for October 11th.
There’s less than 24 hours remaining for Tennessee and Georgia residents to register to vote.
If you'd like to cast your vote in November’s general election but are not yet registered Tuesday, October 11th is the last day to register.
Residents can either register to vote in person or by mail, but must be postmarked the end of the day.
If you want to register in person you can pick up an application is person at county Election Commission sites.
You’ll need to bring a valid photo ID issued by Tennessee, a driver's licenses, or a federal government identification. College student ID’s won’t be accepted.
Registration by mail must be received by the elections office during operating hours or postmarked by that date if mailed. Any registration by mail missing information could be rejected. It’s why election officials advise reading instructions carefully or deliver forms in person.
Hamilton County early voting begins October 19th, the general election is November 8th.
To find an election site near you in Hamilton County visit their website.
Sunday, August 20 2017 8:43 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:43:03 GMT
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