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It's a busy time for the Tipton County Election Commission as several deadlines for the 2014 elections are approaching.

Persons wishing to register to vote must do so by July 8 – next week – for the August federal and state primaries and the county general election. Changes in address don't necessarily have to be done then, but it's helpful, said Neil Bell, Tipton County's administrator of elections.

"You can wait until you get to the polls to do that, but you'll be in line longer," Bell said.

Early voting will begin July 18 and will be held at the Election Commission, 113 E. Church Street in Covington, or at Munford's board room, located in the City Hall complex on College Street.

Election Day will be Thursday, Aug. 7, which is also the first full day of school. Some schools are polling locations and both events could become confusing.

"There's no way to get around it, unfortunately," Bell said.

On the ballot in August are candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State of Tennessee House of Representatives, general sessions judge, circuit court judge, chancellors, public defender, district attorney, county commissioners, school board members, constables and more.

Several elected officials – like Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley, County Clerk Mary Gaither, Court Clerk Mike Forbess, Register of Deeds Claudia Peeler and Trustee Kristie Glass Maxwell – are all running unopposed.

The Leader will publish a Meet the Candidates insert on July 17 to introduce candidates to voters.

November general elections Bell also said persons wishing to pull petitions to run in the November general elections have until noon on Aug. 21 to return them.

Up for election on Nov. 4 are governor; U.S. Senate; U.S. House of Representatives; Tennessee House of Representatives; the Atoka mayor and three of its aldermen; a Burlison city councilman; Covington's mayor and three of its aldermen (districts 1, 2 and 3); Garland's mayor, six councilmen and its town recorder; three Gilt Edge aldermen; Mason's mayor and all six of its aldermen; three Munford aldermen to serve four-year terms and one Munford aldermen to serve a two-year term.

Additionally, Bell said the Town of Mason will hold its municipal elections in November for the first time, its mayor and all of its aldermen up for re-election.

"They are one of a few boards who don't do staggering terms," he said.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6.

Early voting in that election will be from Oct. 15-31.

For more information about these candidates, important dates and qualifications to run for office, please see www.tiptonco.com/election_commission.

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