Unusual number of Blount Co. write-in candidates

(WBIR-Maryville) There will be several people receiving votes during the August election in Blount County without technically having their names on the ballots.

The election commission said they have certified six write-in candidates on the August 7 election for two races – Blount County Commission and Friendsville City Council.

Administrator of Elections Libby Breeding said locally there hasn't been a write-in in eight years.

"The absentee counting board will have to look at the write-ins and if they're an acceptable write-in," Breeding said. "We have list of potential possibilities that are acceptable and some that are not acceptable."

Over the next few weeks, the election board will get the message out on how to write-in a candidate. Because they use electronic ballots people will need to scroll on the computer, letter by letter, to enter a name. Breeding said it could be difficult for the less-than-savvy computer user.

"Like if they only spelled out the person's first name or their initials, those would not be counted," Breeding added.

Other East Tennessee counties aren't seeing the same influx in write-ins. Knox County reports zero candidates, Sevier County had one and Anderson County has three.

Breeding said 16 of the 35 precincts will have eligible write-in candidates. Any name that is not certified by the commission will not be valid.


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