By Lorena Grajales, News Editor-
Early voting for the 2020 election will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the state of Tennessee and will run until Thursday, Oct. 29.
On Oct. 5, registration for voters closed for the upcoming election. Now, citizens can anticipate early voting throughout the state.
There are four locations set up to vote in Hamilton County, including the Hamilton County Election Commission, Brainerd Rec Center, Collegedale City Hall and the Hixson Community Center.
Students are reminded to bring a state or federally issued photo I.D., as their Mocs I.D. will not be accepted at any polling location.
Authorized identifications include a driver’s license, a U.S. passport, a photo I.D. issued by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security, a U.S. Military photo I.D. or a Tennessee handgun carry permit that contains a photo.
Along with early voting, students can also look forward to mail-in voting, by requesting an absentee ballot and meet certain criteria found on the Secretary of State’s website found here.
The absentee ballot request deadline will be on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
UTC junior and Tennessee resident, Elianna Teel stated she will be voting early this year because of convenience and gave students a call to action.
“Young people, women and people of color make up 64% of voters this year. Our voices must be heard. There are so many resources that make registering and checking your registration really simple…plan to vote in advance and get to the polls or mail in those ballots!” She said.
Teel also stated the importance of local elections and staying safe when voting during the pandemic.
MocsGoVote is an organization launched this semester at UTC, designed to increase student voter turnout in upcoming elections. It is also known for assisting students in gathering all the material needed to vote and stay up to date with deadlines.
In a recent update regarding the program, Chancellor Steve Angle encouraged everyone on campus to get involved with the website and to vote.
“Whether you are a student, faculty or staff, please visit the new site and familiarize yourself with the content…Voting is a privilege, and it is a duty.”
To read more about voting information, please visit http://utc.edu/MocsGoVote