NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Tennessee voters broke a record for the most ballots cast in a November 3 Presidential Election.
Around midnight Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett tweeted that our state surpassed the 3-million-votes threshold, surpassing totals from 2016.
In 2016 just over 1.5 million Tennesseans cast votes, according to data from the Secretary of State's office.
About 4.2 million people were registered to vote in Tennessee ahead of this election.
2.2 million the total votes were cast during the early voting period.
The record-breaking total was 3,045,401 Tennesseans or more than 68% of registered voters cast a ballot, Hargett said.
Behind the scenes, more than 17,000 poll workers helped make the election possible in our state.
Sec. Hargett thanked the poll workers in a special message posted to Twitter Tuesday night.
Thanks to the 17,000+ poll officials, 95 election commissions & their administrators & our Division of Elections for administering a safe, sensible & responsible election during this pandemic. This wouldn't have been possible without Tennesseans stepping up to serve. #GoVoteTN pic.twitter.com/KJmNdpN3x2— Tre Hargett (@sectrehargett) November 4, 2020
"Because of their hard work, Tennessee set numerous records that I think will be in the record book for years to come. Thank you," he said.
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