Thursday last day to vote early in Tennessee - WSMV Channel 4

Thursday last day to vote early in Tennessee

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee election officials expect to break another record when the early voting period ends on Thursday, but they acknowledge remnants of superstorm Sandy could affect voter turnout in the northeastern part of the state.

Since early voting started on Oct. 17, more than 1.2 million voters had cast their ballots as of Tuesday for the Nov. 6 presidential election. In November 2008, there were about 1.5 million early voters in Tennessee.

However, wintry weather spinning off the edge of Sandy caused snowfall in several East Tennessee counties on Tuesday, including up to 22 inches in the higher elevations of Sevier County and 17 inches on the mountaintops of Carter County.

Meteorologists predicted the snow would taper off early Wednesday, but low temperatures meant it would melt slowly, which could cause voters to stay inside.

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