Election Officials: Familiarize Yourself Before Voting

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Knoxville (WVLT) - While the candidates continue stumping for votes and flooding the airwaves with ads, some voters have already cast votes.

Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud shows you doing some research before you head to the polls, could help make your trip move a little more quickly.

Election workers were busy early Wednesday morning, preparing for lines to form and voters to be the first to walk through the door and cast their vote.

"I just like to get it behind me," says early voter Gertrude Sharpe. "I am always thinking that I'll be busy on voting day and I can't get here."

One thing that may come as a surprise to many voters when they walk in, are the new voting machines.

If you didn't vote in the last election, officials say don't worry, help comes in the form of a practice machine set up at each location.

Election workers will also be standing by to offer any assistance you need.

"We didn't have any big problems with them last time so we anticipate things to go well this time," says Greg McKay, Knox County Administrator of Elections.

While the new machines could pose small delays, officials say the problem this election could come if voters aren't prepared.

"It's different. One of these days we're going to have a normal election, but not this time," Sharpe says.

In addition to your choice for governor, senate, U.S. Senate, Congress and House of Representatives, everyone will be asked to vote on two Constitutional amendments, one defining marriage, the other concerning property taxes for seniors.

If you're in the county you'll also be asked detailed questions about the county charter and deputy pensions.

"If you are in the city there are 10 questions, if you are in the county there are 6," says McKay.

Even more reason to do your homework ahead of time.

"We're hoping people will familiarize themselves before they get in the voting booth otherwise they will be in there a half hour," says McKay.

Early voting runs through November 2nd.

For more on locations and times and to see sample ballots, go to our website, volunteer t-v dot com.

For Knox County voters without internet access, you can call 215-2480 to get a sample ballot mailed to you.

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