Early vote count in OC nears 6,000

Early vote count in OC nears 6,000
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
As early voting winds down, nearly 6,000 Obion Countians have already cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 general election.
Obion County adminis-trator of elections Leigh Schlager said 5,894 people have voted locally, as of early today.
The 11th day of early voting closed out Monday with 5,891 people having cast their ballots in Obion County, but three more people voted this morning during the first two minutes after the election office opened at 8:30 a.m.
“It’s pretty much been this way the entire time,” Mrs. Schlager said, explaining the rush of voters comes in cycles.
She said voting was fairly slow Monday until about noon, but from noon until closing time at 4:30 p.m., the election office was “just slammed.” She said there have been several times when lines have formed, including a period Monday when about 15 to 20 people were in line waiting to vote.
“It’s been a good crowd,” she said. “We are glad to see them.”
Exact figures aren’t yet available, but Mrs. Schlager said she knows numbers for the current early voting period are ahead of the early voting numbers for 2008, the last presidential election year.
“Each day, we’ve voted more than we did in 2008,” she said.
Today is the 12th day of early voting, with just two days remaining. The in-person early voting period will continue through Thursday across Tennessee.
On the final days of early voting, ballots may be cast in person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday at the county election office on Bill Burnett Circle near the courthouse in downtown Union City. Anyone with questions may call the local office at 885-1901.
Voters who wish to vote by mail must be sure their absentee ballot request applications are received by county election commissions by today, though, and the local election office is also staying busy handling those requests, according to Mrs. Schlager.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett said statewide turnout for the Nov. 6 election neared 1 million voters Saturday, the 10th day of the early voting period in Tennessee. More than 180,000 voters cast their ballots Friday and Saturday to bring the statewide total to 999,061 voters.
By comparison, about 985,000 voters had cast ballots through the same period in 2008.
“Our turnout continues to outpace comparable elections,” Hargett said.
For voters who don’t take advantage of early voting now through Thursday, the polls will be open on Election Day — next Tuesday — from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the 12 polling precincts across Obion County. Mrs. Schlager cautioned there has been some redistricting and some voters’ precinct locations may have changed. Cards were mailed to those voters, but many of them were returned as undeliverable, and anyone with questions should call the election office.
Voters will be casting their ballots for the nation’s president and vice president, as well as the state’s delegates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and the district’s delegates for the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives.
Several city elections are also on Obion County’s ballots, including those for Union City, Hornbeak, Obion, Samburg, South Fulton, Troy and Woodland Mills. Plus, there is a Kenton Special School District vote for Obion County trustee on the ballot for voters in that area.
An official sample ballot listing all races was published in the Oct. 12 edition of The Messenger. Voting information is available online at the Obion County Election Commission’s website — www.obioncountyelection.com — and election results will also be posted on the website as they become available the night of Nov. 6.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.30.12

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