“One of the intended effects of any form of terrorism is anxiety and fear. We must remain vigilant against any threat to our democracy, including the security of our elections.” — Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher
Some Sullivan County residents complained about not being eligible to vote in Kingsport’s city elections last week. The Sullivan County Election Commission offered an explanation.
When first ratified in 1787, the U.S. Constitution did not provide for the right to vote. Several amendments since have established and expanded voting rights far beyond the just 6 percent some historians cite as the number eligible to vote in the nation’s first presidential election.
Twenty-three percent of Sullivan County’s nearly 93,000 registered voters have never voted, and three in 10 of those are between the ages of 18 and 30.