Nearly 40,000 people voted early in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties this year, as trends continued to build upon ballots being cast before Election Day and a contentious midterm election season added to voter turnout.
Tennessee voters have three more days to avoid Election Day lines and cast early ballots in the high-profile 2018 midterm election on Nov. 6.
Tennessee voters casted about 400,000 ballots through Saturday last week, and Johnson City voters flooded the Princeton Art Center Monday afternoon as dozens waited in the hall of the center.
Washington County voters faced at least a 30-minute wait to vote early at the Princeton Arts center for most of the day. The same was true for voters at the Washington County Courthouse In Jonesborough, which saw a long line at several peak times in the day.
Voters can mark an early ballot until Nov. 1. The ballot includes the race for governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as contests for the state General Assembly and local municipal offices.
The only top-tier gubernatorial candidate from East Tennessee celebrated the first day of early voting in Washington County on Friday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 5,148 Washington County residents had cast ballots during the early voting period, which began April 11.
Early voting for the May 1 county primaries starts Wednesday, and in Washington County, Republican voters will choose their nominee in 11 contested races, ranging from mayor to clerk to register of deeds.
The barrage of accusations, attack ads, robocalls and social media propaganda in local races drowns out any reasoned debate, forcing even informed voters to grasp for substance. It’s no wonder voters are so apathetic.
If you plan to cast your ballot ahead of Tuesday’s Election Day, remember the clock is ticking. Early voting will end Thursday in Tennessee.
More people in Washington County are voting by alternative means — that is, in ways other than at polling places on Election Day — than ever before.
Twenty percent more Tennesseans have turned out to vote since the polls opened last week than at this point in the 2012 election, a state official said Thursday during a swing through Jonesborough to promote early voting.
For some, it was anxiety. For others, enthusiasm.
Early voting for federal, state, Johnson City municipal and Town of Jonesborough elections begins Wednesday at three locations.
Early voting for the Aug. 4 state/federal and county general elections begins at 9 a.m. Friday and ends July 30.