National voter registration day is Sept. 24

Believe it or not, there is an election going on, right now, here in Knoxville.

I know. I almost missed it too. The primary could influence one race, in the 4th District, in an election primary that’s seeing some light turnout. From Knox County Administrator of Elections Clifford Rodgers (emphasis added):

“… we’ve voted 552 at our early voting sites, 157 at nursing homes, and 386 have returned absentee ballots for a total of 1,095.”


Now, the voter pool available here isn’t as large as it is in, say, a national election. Those races draw from the entire county, not just the city. Still, it’s a light turnout – and makes some sense – because three races are uncontested. Unless a write-in campaign is held out there to charge three candidates – Grieve, Pavlis and Palmer.

So go register to vote, and lets see if we can push turnout for this race out of the single digits. For those of you who think this race is unimportant, these are the people who can tax you, determine which roads get work, give public money to developers and take credit for any good thing that happens within the city. (Admittedly, that’s an overstatement on that last one, but hopefully you all understand nuance out there.)

Go register. To vote. If you bothered to read this far. If you care about your city, neighborhood and what your public funds buy. A release from the county:

Knox County Election Commission Reminds Citizens That September 24
Is National Voter Registration Day

The Knox County Election Commission wishes to remind citizens that September 24 is National Voter Registration Day. The day is the high point of National Voter Registration Month, a time when state and county election officials have been working to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting.

“On September 24, next Tuesday, we will have 35 polling locations open for the City of Knoxville Primary Election, and folks may go to any of these places to register to vote for future elections,” said Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers. “National Voter Registration Day is a great time to make sure that your registration is up to date or to register for the first time. We are ready to help you in any way we can at any time.”

Social media has played a role in this month’s promotion. Voters have been encouraged to visit, print signs encouraging voter registration, and then post photos of themselves holding the signs on social media using the hashtag #GoVoteTN.

“I am excited to see so many voters sharing their enthusiasm for National Voter Registration Month,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who serves as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. “I encourage voters to visit our website to make sure they are properly registered to vote at their current addresses. Also, I encourage even more people to get involved in the campaign via social media.”

For more information on voter registration options and deadlines in Tennessee, as well as to check your current registration status, visit


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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