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Last Weekend To Register To Vote In Presidential Election

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Staff at the Davidson County Election Commission will put in extra hours this weekend to register as many people as possible to vote in the November Presidential election.

The office on 2nd Avenue South will be open on Saturday at 8:00 a.m., and also on Columbus Day, to help people register by the deadline for the election.

"They got to get here by 4:30 on Monday. Now if they're in line at 4:30 they're good to go we'll clear out the line. But they got to be here by 4:30," said Albert Tieche, Davidson County Administrator of Elections.

You can send in your voter registration by mail as long as it is postmarked by October 8th, which is Columbus Day. The is no mail service on Monday.

"I understand you can get a postmark at the Royal Parkway post office on Sunday, but that would be the only place to get it. Otherwise you need to walk in here and bring us your registration on Monday as a walk in," Tieche said.

Community groups have been gathering voter registration forms in advance of Monday's deadline. Janet King took part in the Last Chance voter registration drive Thursday in north Nashville.

"We did door to door canvassing, we gave out free food," King said.

The group had a goal of signing up 223 new voters and exceeded that goal by ten. They also registered many people who have never cast a ballot.

"We had a lot of first time voters from the ages of 18 to senior citizens that had never voted before," King said.

There will be other grassroots voter registration drives on Saturday to get as many people as possible ready for the November election.

"You know the forefathers put that in there for everyone to have that right and we want to make sure people have that access, and that access is available to them, but they got to get registered first," said former Metro Councilman Vivian Wilhoite.

Not all county election commissions will be open extend hours on Saturday, or have hours on Columbus day.

email: ccannon@newschannel5.com

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