DA Suggests Moving Early Voting from Courthouse

Early voting should be moved out of the Roane County Courthouse to avoid potential problems about campaign boundaries and uniformed officers near polling places, Roane County District Attorney General Russell Johnson says. He told the county election commission that his recommendation stems from a complaint alleging that an incumbent was stumping for re-election from her office front door while voters picked up ballots across the hall at the Election Commission. Johnson says this situation "provides what is perceived as an unfair advantage" to courthouse officeholders. He also expressed concern that placing voting booths in the courthouse foyer puts uniformed officers running metal detectors and screening equipment near a polling place – a violation of state law. Learn more in the News Sentinel