The Metro Election Commission approved additional early voting sites (today/yesterday) for the upcoming run-off races.
With pressure coming from the mayoral candidates, the commission unanimously approved expanding early voting from the one site at the Howard Office Building to seven satellite locations.
Nearly half of the roughly 100-thousand votes in the general election were cast early. Commissioner Lynn Greer says that the election commission’s job is always to ensure voter turnout is as high as possible.
“My vote was not necessarily about shortening lines. My vote was access. I think part of our responsibility is to make it easy for voters to vote and this should do that.”
The move will add an estimated 60-thousand dollars to the total cost of the election.
The Howard Office site will open Wednesday. The satellite locations at Belle Meade City Hall, Bellevue Center mall and the libraries of Bordeaux, Edmondson Pike, Green Hills, Hermitage and Madison will open August 29th.
Rivergate and Hickory Hollow malls were used during the general election but turnout was so low that those sites will not have early voting during the run-off.