Early voting begins next today for the Nov. 8 election. At the end of the ballot – after selections for president, Congress and the state Legislature – there are four proposed amendments to the Knoxville City Charter.


For times and locations for early voting, or to peruse a sample ballot, visit the Knox County Election Commission website, www.knoxcounty.org/election.


But if you find the “legalese” ballot language for the Charter amendments to be confusing, the City has prepared a summary, in layman’s terms, on each of the four proposed amendments – the ballot language, a simple description of what each proposal would do, and an explanation of why Mayor Rogero supports the amendments.


Visit www.knoxvilletn.gov/election.


Three of the Charter amendment proposals involve changes to the City employee pension system. They were proposed by the Pension Board and supported by Mayor Rogero, who’s a member of the Pension Board. None of the changes would increase any retiree benefits, so there’s no public expense associated with any of the proposals.


A fourth proposal – requested by the Knox County Administrator of Elections – calls for moving the date of City primary elections from the last Tuesday in September in odd-numbered years to the last Tuesday in August in odd-numbered years. The change will allow more time for Knox County election workers to prepare and mail the ballots for the November general election in an organized and timely manner.