Early voting for five City Council seats begins Wednesday, Aug. 9 and runs through Thursday, Aug. 24.
Five early voting locations are open on Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday. On Primary Election Day, voters will need to go to their designated polling location. You can find early voting sites here: http://www.knoxcounty.org/election/2017elections/pdfs/EarlyVotingInformation.pdf
Thirty candidates are vying for the Council seats in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Incumbents in all five seats are term limited. For the primary, voters in each district will vote for one candidate running in that district. The two candidates with the most votes in each district will then run citywide in the Nov. 7 General Election.
Knox County Elections Administrator Cliff Rogers has noted with the large number of candidates and a traditionally low turnout for city elections, that races could be decided with slim margins, meaning every vote will be important.
Information about the candidates can be found on several websites.
- The city of Knoxville created www.GoVoteKnoxville.com where you can find a list of candidates, along with links to their websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts.
- Community Television’s website — http://www.ctvknox.org – contains video statements by candidates. Scroll down the homepage below the live feed programming.
- Interviews with the candidates are also available at television stations’ websites: WATE, Channel 6, http://wate.com/2017/07/17/knoxville-city-council-candidates/; WBIR, Channel 10, http://www.wbir.com/news/politics/elections/knoxville-election-2017-meet-the-candidates-1/445340754; and WVLT, Channel 8, http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Meet-the-Candidates-What-you-need-to-know-for-Knoxville-City-Council-election-437073213.html
- The News Sentinel, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, published a candidates’ answers to questions related to zoning, their priorities for the city, and their backgrounds in community service. It can be found here: http://www.knoxnews.com/story/opinion/2017/08/01/q-and-knoxville-city-council-candidates/504438001/