Special elections rarely draw a huge crowd – generally single digit percentage wise when it comes to voter turnout. In state senate district 17, the last election drew only 11,683 voters. That’s less than half for that same district in the 2014 midterms.

Here at the Fayetteville Weekly, we want you to get out and vote – for just that reason! In that district 17 race, it came down to just 307 votes. With lower voter turnout, your vote is amplified more than in general elections.

Every vote matters, especially in these special elections. 

To make sure you’re prepared for the election, here’s what you need to know.

The Candidates

Gayle Jordan – Democrat

She’s a local farmer and attorney who works with a non-profit organization. Read our interview with her here.

Shane Reeves – Republican

He’s the CEO of TwelveStone Health partners, a healthcare company focused on after-hospital care. Read our interview with him here.

You can also find all of our coverage on this election here. 

Dates

Mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Last Day to Register to Vote – February 12
  • Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot – March 6
  • Early Voting – February 21 – March 8
  • Election Day – March 13

Register to Vote

You’ve got three options to register:

  • Online – Head over to the GoVoteTN site here to register.
  • By Mail – Print the voter registration form here and send it in by mail.
  • In-Person – Stop by 208 Davidson Street East  Room 106 here in Fayetteville. The Election Commission is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. You can fill out the registration form there.

Where to Vote

For early voting, head down to the Election Commission at 208 Davidson Street East – Room 106.

On election day – March 13th – you’ll head to your voting place. Look up your voter information here to find that location.

If you find yourself with questions on how to register or where to vote, let us know in the comments!

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