MURFREESBORO, TN — Election Day in the Rutherford County primaries is Tuesday, May 1.
Polls are open across the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are primaries for county mayor, county commission, trustee, sheriff, circuit court clerk, juvenile court clerk, county clerk, register of deeds, general sessions judge and circuit court judge.
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There are candidates for all offices in the Republican Party primary, but Democrats only have qualified candidates in a handful of the county commission slots, making the GOP primary tantamount to election for most positions. While crossover voting is common in situations like this in Tennessee, which does not have party registration, the election commission in neighboring Williamson County last week voted, along party lines, to forward to the district attorney complaints of election fraud against two people, who are running for office as Democrats, for voting in the Republican primary. State law says voters can only vote in a party primary if they are a "bona fide member" of the party and if they "declare allegiance to the political party" and intend to affiliate with it.
Voters will need to bring an approved photo ID to vote. Rutherford County is part of a pilot program which allows voters to cast ballots at any one of 28 voting locations on Election Day rather than at assigned precincts. See the list of voting centers here.
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