This morning and for the next two weeks, Chattanoogans will have the opportunity to vote in elections for a new mayor and new City Council members as early voting begins at locations across the city.
Along with three mayoral candidates, a total of 24 candidates vying for nine seats on the city's legislative body will be on the ballot. Voters will also have the opportunity to determine the fate of two ordinances, one regarding deannexation and the other pertaining to an amendment of the City Charter.
Polls will be open until Feb. 28 at the Hamilton County Election Commission, the Brainerd Recreation Center and Northgate Mall. The locations in Brainerd and Northgate will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; polls at the Election Commission will receive voters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Election day is March 5.
To view a sample ballot, click here.
Turnout for the most recent city election was low. Hamilton County Election Commission records show that out of 103,747 registered voters, only 18,773 cast a ballot—good enough for an 18.09 percent turnout.
For a detailed overview of candidates, visit the Keen Citizen interactive voter guide.