Early votes now stand at 22,176
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 01, 2012 | 766 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three early voting polling places will close today at 6 p.m. and election officials will prepare for the regular voting day which is Nov. 6.

According to Tre Hargett, Tennessee secretary of state, over 1 million Tennessee residents have taken the opportunity to cast their votes for president, state representative positions and federal seats.

Bradley County Elections Office officials have tallied so far 22,176 absentee and in-person votes at the three polling places.

Bradley County Elections administrator said today that Bradley County has been active in voting and a record turnout is possible.

“We are down 273 votes from the 2008 figures for early voting. Halloween possibly had something to do with the lower turnout Wednesday,” Green said.

Early voting sites include the Bradley County Election Commission Office, Bradley Square Mall in the conference center between Kay Jewelers and JCPenney, and the mobile voting venue in the parking lot of Bi-Lo Store No. 343, on McGrady Drive.

Wednesday, 1,590 voted at the three locations.

“We have had a successful early voting period,” said Hargett earlier this week.

Green said the absentee ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by the regular Election Day, Nov. 6.

Election workers will be available at all polling places Nov. 6 to provide instruction on how to properly operate the voting machines. An official Tennessee Identification card is required.

Voters who have questions regarding any part of the voting process should ask for guidance from elections workers, according to Green.

Candidates for the upcoming election are: Tennessee House of Representatives District 22, Eric Watson (R) and Jonathon Gladden (D); Tennessee, District 24 incumbent Kevin Brooks (R), is unopposed in his race, Senate District 10, Andre McGary (D) and Todd Gardenhire (R); U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District, Chuck Fleischmann (R) and Dr. Mary Headrick (D); U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Congressional District, Eric Stewart (D) and Dr. Scott DesJarlais (R); U.S. Senate, Bob Corker (R) and Mark E. Clayton (D); and U.S. President, Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R). Obama’s vice-presidential running mate is incumbent Joseph Biden and Romney’s running mate is U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Polls will open in Bradley County at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Anyone with questions regarding absentee balloting, Voter ID, redistricting or any other issue can contact the Bradley County Elections Office at 728-7115.