Voters in Precinct 19 who are worried about facing long lines on Election Day can rest a little easier.


Voters in Precinct 19 who are worried about facing long lines on Election Day can rest a little easier.


Carter County Election Board Secretary Helen McReynolds said Monday there will be two tables set up at the polling place to make things run a little quicker and smoother for voters who live in the county’s largest voting precinct.


Voters in the upcoming election will be asked to mark a two-sided ballot that includes not only a number of political races, but 11 state questions.


McReynolds predicted voters will need longer than usual to cast their ballots, especially if they haven’t prepared beforehand.


There are several ways voters can help make election day less of an ordeal.


For example, they can pick up sample ballots at the Carter County Election Board at 106 Hinkle St. and study them before they go into the voting booth.


Copies of both sides of the sample ballot have been published in The Ardmoreite. And copies of the 11 state questions also are available in the newspaper’s front office at 117 W. Broadway St.


Voters who study the issues before the election can bring notes and sample ballots with them when they go to the polls. McReynolds said sample ballots are for study and information only and cannot be inserted into the voting machines. 


Former State Election Board Secretary Lee Slater said those who wait until they are in the voting booth to read the 11 state questions will not have time to fully understand each one.


“They need to know what’s on the ballot before they go into the polling place,” he said. “They need to try to read the ballot title on all those questions, and it’s not always the easiest to understand. It can be very complicated.”


McReynolds said those who want to avoid standing in line on election day may want to take advantage of early in-person absentee voting. Registered voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday or from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Carter County Election Board.


Those who want to vote by mail have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit their applications. Their completed ballots must be received by mail at the county election board by 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.


McReynolds said voters aren’t required to complete the entire ballot to have their votes counted, since the voting machines are set up to count only what is marked.


She also recommended voters not wait until the last minute to cast their ballots . Because it may take longer to vote this time, lines could develop at polling places near the 7 p.m. voting deadline.


“We shut the doors at 7 p.m., but if you are inside at 7 p.m. you can vote,” McReynolds said.


Steve Biehn