Early votes total 24,208
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2012 | 1170 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early voting ended Thursday with Bradley County falling short of the 2008 early turnout for the presidential election. According to election officials, the vote was 1,339 votes shy of the 2008 figure of 25,547.

Officials noted 2,068 cast ballots Thursday at the three polling places, bringing the 2012 Early Voting total to 24,208, which included absentee balloting.

Absentee voters must return their ballots to the Bradley County Elections Office by Nov. 6. The address is; Bradley County Elections Office, 155 Broad St. N.W., Cleveland TN 37311.

According to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, the early vote was strong statewide with more than 1.3 million votes cast by Tennesseeans.

“The final day of early voting is typically our largest single-day turnout, and we hope the same holds true this year,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “County election officials have worked hard to ensure that voters have had a chance to vote when it is most convenient for them.”

On Nov. 6, 17 polling places will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those voters who didn’t take the opportunity to cast ballots early.

Voting locations will be at McDonald Ruritan Club, Hopewell Elementary School, Walker Valley High School, the Bradley County Senior Center, Michigan Avenue Elementary School, Blue Springs Concession, Community Services, Black Fox Elementary School, Cleveland High School, Stuart Elementary School, Waterville Community School, Valley View Elementary School, Blythe-Bower Elementary School, Oak Grove Elementary School, E.L. Ross Elementary School, Prospect Elementary School and Lee University.

Candidates for the upcoming election are: U.S. President, Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R); 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); 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.