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Early Voting Sites Funded In Approved Metro Budget

Jun 16, 2015

Nearly a dozen early voting locations appear to be saved for Davidson County’s upcoming election.

In a reversal, polling places that weren’t going to open because of a pinch in the budget have now been funded. The Metro Council approved $283,000 on Tuesday night to make sure of it, ending a testy situation with the county Election Commission.

Two weeks ago, election officials said they didn’t get enough money and voted to close all but one early voting place.

A funding compromise seemed unlikely for days and raised alarm in political circles.

But Councilman Steve Glover praised his peers for digging into the city finances to find a way.

“Not one day of early voting will be taken away … and this couldn’t have been done without an extensive amount of work,” he said.

The election commission still must formally vote to expand early voting, a move they promised if funding was available.

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The council also passed an entire budget of nearly $2 billion. That includes raises for city employees. The single person to benefit most will be the next mayor, who will get a raise to $180,000 — a jump of 32 percent.

Early voting begins July 17 at Metro's Howard School at 700 2nd Ave. S., and if approved would expand to 10 additional sites on July 23 in advance of election day on Aug. 6.

Early voting locations

- Belle Meade City Hall, 4705 Harding Pike

- Bellevue Community Center, 656 Colice Jeanne Road

- Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike

- Casa Azafran Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Pike

- Crossings Event Center, 5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway

- Edmondson Pike Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike

- Goodlettsville City Hall, 105 South Main St.

- Green Hills Library, 3701 Benham Ave.

- Hermitage Library, 3700 James Kay Lane

- Madison Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S.

- Sonny West Auditorium, 700 2nd Ave. S.

- Southeast Community Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Suite 202