Here we vote again: Runoff Election Day, in which Nashvillians will decide between the two top candidates for mayor chosen Aug. 6, is Sept. 10. But Early Voting from Aug. 21 through Sept. 5 gives an opportunity to get a jump start in casting ballots for this race as well as for the five At-Large Metro Council seats and Council seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 17, 20, and 23.
Early Voting starts Aug. 21 at the Howard School, aka Howard Office Building, Sonny West Auditorium, 700 2nd Ave. South, Nashville 37201, and kicks in at satellite locations on Aug. 27. The satellites are:
- Belle Meade City Hall, 4705 Harding Pike, Nashville 37205
- Bellevue Community Center, 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville 37221
- Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 37218
- ConexiónAméricas at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville 37211
- Edmondson Pike Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 37211
- Goodlettsville City Hall, 105 South Main Street, Goodlettsville 37072
- Green Hills Library, 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville 37215
- Hermitage Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage 37076
- Madison Library, 610 Gallatin Pike South, Madison 37115
- Southeast Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Suite 202, Antioch 37013
Hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am-6 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am-7 pm; and Saturdays from 8 am-4 pm. If you opt to wait until the Sept. 10 runoff, you must go to your assigned polling location to vote.
As Progressive Nashville urges everyone to be an activist citizen, and you accomplish that by doing your homework before you vote. Know the issues involved so you can make intelligent, thoughtful choices. Study the candidates, including the ones in your specific council district, if it is involved in the runoff.
Some good news: If you are voting for the first time and registered by mail with the Davidson County Election Commission, you are now eligible for early voting.
The bad news: Tennessee, alas, is a voter suppression state, so you will be required to present a federal or state photo identification card in order to vote. Poll workers also may ask for your voter card, so be prepared, just in case.