Thursday final day to cast early votes
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 31, 2012 | 962 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VOTERS WAITED IN LINE to sign up to cast their votes during early voting on Saturday at the Bradley Square Mall voting location. Early voting ends Thursday. Banner Photo, DONNA KAYLOR
VOTERS WAITED IN LINE to sign up to cast their votes during early voting on Saturday at the Bradley Square Mall voting location. Early voting ends Thursday. Banner Photo, DONNA KAYLOR
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More than 1 million Tennesseeans have cast their ballots during early voting for state and federal elections, as well as making the choice of who will be president.

Thursday is the final day for prospective voters to cast ballots early.

In Bradley County, three early voting sites have been just as busy with more than 20,000 votes cast.

Bradley County Elections officials said 1,682 voted Tuesday, bringing the total to 20,550 early and absentee votes collected to date.

With one day left to vote early in person in Tennessee, turnout exceeded 1.1 million voters statewide. With 95 counties reporting, a total of 108,994 voters cast their ballots earlier this week, bringing the overall turnout to 1,108,056 voters, according to the state’s website.

“We have had a successful early voting period,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

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.

Tuesday was the deadline for absentee ballots to be requested from the Elections Offices.

Fran Green, Bradley County Elections administrator, said the ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by the regular Election Day, Nov. 6.

Election workers will be available at all polling places to provide instructions on how to properly operate the voting machines and an official Tennessee Identification card is required.

Redistricting included portions of Bradley County in the 10th District, where a Senate vote is upcoming. Also, part of Bradley County is now in the 4th Congressional District.

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 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 Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Early voting will cease Thursday at 6 p.m. and 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.