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It is time to plan now how we are going to vote in the Nov. 3 election. The state of Tennessee unfortunately does not grant us all options available in most other states. We still need a reason to vote by mail and we have no drop boxes to deposit absentee ballots.

With the Trump administration attempting to undermine voting by mail, we need to plan now. The Tennessee Elections Commission refers us to the CDC web site that lists medical conditions that should qualify for an absentee ballot under the “Physically Disabled” sections on the request form.

These are: Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD, Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, Obesity with a BMI of 30 or higher, Serious heart conditions, Sickle cell disease, Type 2 diabetes. It also lists: Asthma, Cerebrovascular disease, Cystic fibrosis, High blood pressure, Weakened immune system from a variety of causes, Neurologic conditions, Liver disease, Pregnancy, Pulmonary fibrosis, Smoking, Thalassemia, Type 1 diabetes.

If one is going to vote absentee (by mail), request the ballot now and return as soon as it arrives. The Sumner County Elections Commission has stated that there will more locations to vote early in person if that is what one wants. In addition, they are planning all precincts be open on Election Day. We do not know how long the lines will be on Election Day. Thanks to Lori Atchley and the Sumner County Elections Commission for making voting as available as possible under the current law.

Every single vote is important so please plan now how to exercise this constitutional and sacred right.

Michael Stark,


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