As of Saturday’s close of the business day at the Bradley County Elections Office, officials had tallied 17,203 total votes including early and absentee balloting numbers.
Early voting began Oct. 17.
Bradley County Elections Administrator Fran Green said the first day, 2,331 voters took advantage of being able to cast their ballots early.
“Voter turnout continues to exceed expectations,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “Voters continue to avoid long Election Day lines by voting early.”
Three polling locations are available for Bradley County and Cleveland residents to cast their votes.
Early voting will continue through Nov. 1, with Nov. 6 being Election Day and the day those votes will be tallied.
Early voting sites include the Bradley County Election Commission Office, Bradley Square Mall in the conference center between Kay’s Jewelers and JCPenney, and the Bi-Lo Store located at the corner of McGrady Drive and APD 40. The Mobile Voting Precinct is set up in the parking lot.
Voters who may be traveling or those with medical issues can still request a mail ballot until Oct. 30, according to Green.
According to information provided by the Elections Office, a request for such a ballot must be sent to the Bradley County Elections Office at 155 Broad St. N.W., Cleveland TN 37311, by Oct. 30. The request must include: name, Social Security number, address, reason for voting by mail, which election you wish to vote in (including any party preference), where to mail a ballot out of county and your signature.
Officials indicated if the request is incomplete, an official application must be mailed and returned to the office before a ballot can be processed.
Ballots must be returned to the elections office by the regular Election Day, Nov. 6.
Hours for early voting are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone with questions regarding absentee balloting, Voter IDs or any other issue may contact the Bradley County Election Commission Office at 728-7115.