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Early voting totals for March 3 primary

Staff reports • Feb 26, 2020 at 6:23 PM

Washington County election officials say 7,529 residents have voted early in the March 3 presidential primary.

Maybell Stewart, the county’s administrator of elections, said that number includes 133 who voted at nursing homes and the 294 absentee ballots that have been returned. 

A total of 4,897 early votes were cast in the Republican primary, and 2,632 were cast in the Democratic primary. A total of 6,215 early votes were cast in Washington County in the 2016 primaries.

Washington County’s early voting numbers broken down by location are:

• 2,367 at the former Princeton Arts Center in Johnson City.

• 1,622 at the Johnson City Fire Station at Gray Commons.

• 3,072 at the former Ace Hardware in Jonesborough.

In Unicoi County 1,328 people voted early and by absentee ballot, or 290 less than the 1,618 Unicoi County residents who voted early or absentee in the 2016 presidential primary. Three hundred Unicoi Countians voted in the Democratic primary and 1,028 in the Republican primary.

More Carter County voters came to the final day of early voting than any other day. There were 375 ballots cast on Tuesday. That broke out to 280 on the Republican side and 95 on the Democrat side. The slowest day was Feb. 15, when only 76 votes were cast.

The total number of early votes in Carter County was 2,319, which includes 1,696 who voted in the Republican primary and 623 who voted in the Democratic primary.

The Johnson County Election Commission office said the busiest day was also the final day of early voting, when 150 people voted. Through the early voting period, 836 ballots were cast, 607 in the Republican primary and 229 in the Democratic.

Election Day for the presidential preference primary and county primary is March 3. Voting will take place at the normal polling places around the area counties. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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