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Early voting off to fast start

Early voting off to fast start

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 9:01 pm

More than 150,000 Tennesseans have already decided to enjoy the convenience of early voting.
Through the first five days of early voting, 153,768 people had voted statewide. At that pace, the total number of people who vote early could more than double the 209,474 who voted early for the August 2008 election and exceed the 447,910 who voted early for the August 2006 elections.
In Obion County, 1,093 registered voters have cast their ballots early. Of those, 533 voted on the Republican ticket, while 509 voted on the Democratic ticket. Daily totals include 222 on July 16, 67 on Saturday, 225 on Monday, 196 on Tuesday, 186 on Wednesday and 197 on Thursday.
“I am very pleased with the turnout we have seen during the first few days of early voting,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “The Tennessee General Assembly has made it convenient for Tennesseans to vote. I am glad our citizens are utilizing the benefits of voting early. These numbers suggest that early voting continues to be a popular option for Tennesseans.”
“I am encouraged by the large number of registered voters who have already voted,” coordinator of elections Mark Goins said. “I expect many more will utilize the convenience of early voting.”
Early voting continues Mondays through Saturdays through July 31. In each of Tennessee’s 95 counties, citizens may vote at their local election commission headquarters. In addition, some counties have satellite locations where people may also vote early.
Obion Countians may vote from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the election office at 308 Bill Burnett Circle, behind the courthouse, in downtown Union City. The ballot includes races for the Obion County general election and Rives’ city election, as well as the state Democratic and Republican primaries. For more information, call the election office at 885-1901.
For daily county-by-county updates on early voting totals, go to: http://tnsos.org/elections/Results/ 20100805EarlyVotersDisplay.php?All.
Published in The Messenger 7.23.10

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