Two technicians representing each party took part in inspecting the machines at the election commission office in downtown Dyersburg. Tod Taylor and Howard McCadney of the Democratic party and Howard McBride and Brenda Wilkerson of the Republican party all joined in making sure the 63 machines were inspected. The techs make sure the votes from the last election are zeroed out and the new ballots are loaded onto the machines and they are working properly. After the machines are approved they are sealed by election commission employees and the seals are recorded.
Now that the machines are ready for early voting and the Nov. 6 election, Dyer County Election Administrator Anita Fowlkes said voters and potential voters should make sure they are registered.
Residents who have not registered to vote, but wish to do so, have until Oct. 8 to register for the November election. Since the Aug. 2 election the election commission has registered 506 new voters. On Wednesday at approximately 1 p.m., Dyer County had 22,541 registered voters.
Early voting in Dyer County begins on Oct. 17. There will be three locations where residents may early vote:
* Dyer County Election Office, 103 West Market St., Dyersburg, Tenn., from Oct. 17 -- Nov. 1. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. And Saturdays from 9 a.m. - noon.
* Oakview Recreation Center, 614 Oakview Drive, Newbern, Tenn., from Oct. 17 -- Oct. 20. Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Dyersburg Mall, 2700 Lake Road, Dyersburg, Tenn., from Oct. 22 -- Nov. 1. Monday -- Saturday from noon -- 7 p.m.
Voters are asked to bring their state- or federal-issued photo ID with them. Also, if voters have questions about which precinct/district they live in or where they should vote they may visit http://www.dyervote.com/info/search.htm or call the election commission office at 731-286-4268.