Mayor Dean Says Election Commission Has Enough Money For Early Voting

Jun 5, 2015

Mayor Karl Dean is urging the Davidson County Election Commission to back off its plan to cut the number of early-voting sites.

Dean, a Democrat, says the commission has more than enough money to hold early voting throughout the city. Commissioners voted earlier this week to close all but one early-voting location during upcoming city elections, with Republican members saying they couldn't afford to hold voting in 10 satellite locations. 

"My budget proposal gives the election commission $1 million more than they received in the current year," he says. "It gives them everything they've asked for to run the three elections they have to run," including the Aug. 6 city election, potential Sept. 10 runoff and 2016 presidential primaries.

State law sets the times of early voting but doesn't require local governments to open more than one location.