The Knox County Election Commission has to find early voting sites that are free and not too disruptive to the host. This precludes places like senior centers and school gyms because of the lengthy time it takes for early voting.
The site for early voting at Downtown West, the most popular site, may move yet again in the shopping center, but it remains in the same area. The site in South Knox County was an old video store on Young High Pike, but the roof leaks and it had a flooding problem. The owners plan to tear it down so a new site has been sought. The Optimist Club building at Gary Underwood Park has been selected but the site has been criticized by Carson Dailey, a community leader and head of the South Knox Republican Club, because the meeting place is often used by his club and others and their meeting schedule will be disrupted.
Brian's Blog reports that Dailey trashed election administrator Cliff Rodgers at a Republican Club meeting last week for selecting the site. Rodgers responds that he has looked high and low in South Knox and this is the best he could come up with.
Corrected: The South Knoxville building in question is located on Young High Pike, not at Young High School.