Tennessee voters rush to register before deadline

Tennessee voters rush to register before deadline

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By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Monday was the last day to register to vote for this year's election.

Election Day is now less than a month away. Some people waited until the last minute to register to vote.

"It's what we expected, but until you're here on the front lines seeing it, it's hard to get your head around," said Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers. "It's the first presidential election, of course, that I've been working."

One person registering to vote said the deadline caught her off guard.

"I didn't know today was the last day. I moved from Seymour to Knoxville, so I had to come and re-register," said Kathy Schaffer.

By noon Monday, election officials had already registered more than 100 additional voters and received more than 100 phone calls in the Knox County office alone.

"If this was not a presidential election, we would not have this type of rush to get registered. This is the fifth election I've worked and there's a voter registration deadline in all of them, but we've not had anything like this, even for the March presidential preference primary," Rodgers added.

The goal was to have everyone on the registration rolls prior to the start of early voting, which begins October 17.

"They don't have to have the voter registration card to vote. As long as they're registered, they're going to be ok, but they do have to have the photo ID issued by the federal or state government," said Rodgers.

The process doesn't take long, but if you missed Monday's deadline, you're out of luck for this election.

"Go ahead and register, but they won't be able to vote in the November 6 election. We'll go ahead and get them registered for the next election here," Rodgers explained.

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