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First day goes smoothly in Carter early voting

John Thompson • Jul 13, 2018 at 11:02 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The first day of early voting went smoothly at the Carter County Election Commission on Friday.

“It was kind of sporadic, it would get busy for a while and then it would slow down,” Election Commissioner Paul Souder said. “It was a good day to vote.”

It was a light ballot, with only a few contested races in the county general election and the state primary. Soduer said it only took him a minute and 47 seconds to compete his vote. “ii will take longer for someone who is unfamiliar with the ballot,” Souder said.

The elections are also complicated by six write-in campaigns in the Carter County races and another two write-ins in the U.S. Senate primary race. Souder said there did not appear to be any difficulties with voters casting write-ins.

Carter County Administrator of Elections Tracy Harris said 362 voters went through the polling place Friday. With absentee votes, that amounts to 498 votes already cast.

Harris said the first day results are down from the first day of voting in the last county general election. That race saw 451 voters come through on the first day. With absentee voting, there were a total of 678 first-day votes.

Early voting is taking place at the offices of the Carter County Election Commission at 116 Holston Ave. The office is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Voting hours for Monday through Friday are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Voters must present a photo identification card from a state or federal government.

Early voting will continue through Saturday, July 28. Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 2.

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