Early voting tops 800,000 in TN - WSMV Channel 4

Early voting tops 800,000 in TN

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Early voting continues to be going strong across the state as the Nov. 6 election draws closer.

More than 107,000 voters across the state cast their ballots Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 816,645 voters through the first eight days of the early voting period.

Statewide turnout continues to exceed early voting numbers for the 2008 November election, said state officials.

"Voters across the state are making their voices heard at the polls," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett in a news release. "Although in-person early voting will continue through Thursday, this Saturday is the last Saturday to vote in person prior to the November 6 election."

There about 4 million registered voters in the Volunteer State.

During the last presidential election in 2008, more than 1.5 million Tennesseans cast ballots during early voting. That was about 58 percent of all ballots cast in that election.

Voters are reminded to bring a state or federally-issued photo ID to vote.

Examples of acceptable forms of ID, whether current or expired, include driver's licenses, U.S. passports, Department of Safety photo ID cards, U.S. military photo IDs and other state or federal government photo ID cards.

Election officials urge voters to read a sample ballot before arriving to a polling location in order to save time.

"They should read that sample ballot, because the ballot is long this time. There are five charter amendments on there, and that takes some time to read," said Davidson County Election Administrator Albert Tieche.

While the lines inside the Belle Meade early voting center went smoothly, people ran into problems outside when there weren't enough parking spaces to keep up with the high demand on the first day.

"If you can't vote here because of a parking situation, then they need to place this early voting some place else," said voter Sandy Pace.

Early voting runs through Nov. 1, and the general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

There are 12 early voting locations in Davidson County:

  • Belle Meade City Hall
  • Bellevue Community Center
  • Bordeaux Library
  • Coleman Park Community Center
  • Crossings Event Center
  • Davidson County Election Commission
  • Edmondson Pike Library
  • Friendship Baptist Church
  • Goodlettsville City Hall
  • Green Hills Library
  • Hermitage Library
  • Madison Library

Schedule

Date Open Close
Wednesday Oct. 17 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18 8 a.m. 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 22 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25 8 a.m. 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct.29 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 8 a.m. 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 01 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about early voting in Nashville: http://www.nashville.gov/vote/early.asp

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