West Tennessee sees record number of early voters

TIPTON COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - A record turnout. That is exactly what election officials in Tipton and Fayette counties said about the number of early voters in this year's election.

As early voters found out, long lines weren't a strange sight in the two week early voting period in West Tennessee.

"I think it'll be a record number of voting in the whole county," Fayette County administrator of elections Lenita McCraw said.

McCraw hopes that by the end of election day, eighty percent of the county's 25,000 registered voters will have cast their ballot.

"It's the first time we've had an African-American run. It's the first time we've had an incumbent...this time we did not,"  McCraw said.

"Its double what we did in 2004," Linda Burnett, Tipton County's administrator of elections said.

In Tipton County, thousands of voters came out early to be a part of history.

"President...the Presidential election...a lot said I just want to vote for President," Burnett said.

Here is how the numbers break down.

In Tipton County, 17,552 voters cast an early ballot, that's 46 percent of the total number of registered voters.

In Fayette county over 11,000 people voted early, which is 44 percent of the county's registered voters.

And as election day approaches, officials said they are ready for what looks to be another record turnout.

"We're going to have more registrars there to keep the lines down and to keep it moving," Burnett said. 
"Voters to be patient and understand the poll workers are doing as well as they can do," McCraw said.

Both counties also had record numbers of residents actually register to vote before the October deadline.

About two thousand Tipton and Fayette county residents signed up as new voters.

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