1 day left to register to vote in presidential election

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you plan to vote in the presidential election, you have only one more day to register.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 is the deadline, and the election commission office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Andrea Arguello was at the election commission on Monday and said she watched Sunday’s debate. She told News 2 about the moment that sealed the deal on who she was going to vote for.

“So Hillary said a Michelle Obama quote, and it said when they go low, you go high, and that is what sold me. That was the most mature response,” she said.

Many of the people News 2 spoke with said after all the information that has been exposed about the candidates, they’re not happy with either option.

“I think I am just going to have to a judgement call and do the best that we can with the choices we have,” said Amber Stephens.

Other voters told News 2 they are fed up because they said the candidates are not focusing enough on the issues.

“The candidates have digressed into really insulting each other,” said Megan Wiebe.

Another voter told News 2 she still has faith in the process.

“We have what we have right now and its part of our process and that we work through it and regardless and we deal with things as best we can with what we have,” said Christina Kretchik.

Governor Bill Haslam said in a statement Sunday that if Donald Trump doesn’t step aside, he will write in another republican for the office of president, joining a long list of Republicans who have disavowed Trump as their nominee.

Haslam is now calling for the billionaire to step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party’s nominee.

As a voter, is writing in your own candidate an option in Tennessee? News 2 found out that is–but you can’t just write down any name you want.

If you don’t want to vote for Clinton or Trump, you can vote for the independent candidates or vote for the write-in candidates listed on the ballot.

Longtime Vanderbilt University political science professor, Bruce Oppenheimer, told News 2 that while voting for a write in candidate is an option, it is highly unlikely that person has a serious shot at becoming the next president.

“It is very hard to make real changes at this point because at this point the ballots are already set. Voting machines are already set, different states have different laws. It would be very hard to make changes on the ballot at this point,” said Professor Oppenheimer.

Here is a list of certified write-in candidates for the November election:

  • Darrell L. Castle
  • Cherunda Fox
  • Tom Hoefling
  • Kyle Kenley Kopitke
  • Laurence Kotlikoff
  • David Limbaugh
  • Evan McMullin
  • Marshall Schoenke

Some voters News 2 spoke with said their ideal candidate may not be on the ballot, but they still think it is important to vote.

“We have what we have right now and it’s part of our process, and we work through it regardless. We deal with things as best we can with what we have,” said Christina Kretchik who registered to vote on Monday.

Click here to review the list of federal and state candidates for the general election.