By Regina Baker, Assistant News Editor-
Residents and students of Chattanooga have the opportunity to vote early for the 2021 mayoral and city council elections with the most diverse group the city has ever seen running for office.
The City of Chattanooga’s Municipal Election’s early voting period began Feb. 10 and will continue through Feb. 25 with Election Day on March 2.
Both the city and UTC want to see an increase in student voting throughout Chattanooga. Mocs Go Vote is the initiative the University started to increase student voting.
The Mocs Go Vote program encourages students to vote in state and local elections as well as giving students more opportunities to register on campus.
The Chattanooga community and UTC want to develop better participation for students in the voting community.
During the 2020 presidential election, students brought the largest voter turnout that has been ever recorded in history.
With these record numbers, the community and UTC would like to keep students voting in future elections. Early voting is crucial to ensure that voters have more time to vote.
Students at UTC increase the voting population in Chattanooga, and in elections, one vote could alter the outcome.
To participate in early voting, residents and students must be registered to vote in the City of Chattanooga. Voters must have a valid ID issued by the state or federal government – a college ID will not qualify.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all voters must follow certain procedures that are required at all early voting locations. Hamilton County and the City want to ensure that all residents of Chattanooga are safe during the pandemic.
Voting locations are as follows:
Brainerd Rec Center 1010 North Moore Rd Monday thru Friday from 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Election Commission 700 River Terminal Rd Monday thru Friday from 8:00am – 6:00pm Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Hixson Community Center 5401 School Drive Monday thru Friday from 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm