Early voters cast ballots by the thousands

Early voters cast ballots by the thousands

(WMC-TV) - More than 700,000 Tennessee residents have already cast their early ballot for the November election.

It is no different in West Tennessee, where election officials have seen record numbers come out and vote.

"We're up in early voting about ten percent over 2008, which was a record year," said Tipton County Administrator of Elections Neil Bell.

All across West Tennessee, early voters have come out by the thousands.

In Covington, additional employees have come in to help handle the large voter turnout.

"We'll have about 150 to 160 workers on a temporary basis during the election," Bell added.

Voter Ida Carouthers Bryant brought her daughter to vote.

"I think this election is real important because it's gonna be a real close race, real close," says Carouthers.

In Tipton County, over seventy seven hundred voters have already cast their ballots.

Lauderdale County has seen over 2,700 early voters.

Fayette County has seen over 5,000 early voters and expects 40 percent of registered voters to cast their ballot early.

Haywood County has seen a little over 2,000 of its 12,000 registered voters.

"You gotta vote to have your opinion cast and if you don't you're wasting your time and everyone else's," said voter Bradley Todd.

Todd is a first time voter and says early voting is the only way to go.

Election commission officials agree, saying it's an easy way for voters to avoid long lines and vote at a central location.

In Tipton County, officials say the race to fill retiring state representative Jimmy Naifeh's house seat is drawing a large number of voters.

"The more people who vote early, the easier it is on election day," said Bell.

You have another week to vote early here in Tennessee.

Early voting wraps up next Thursday, November 1.

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