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.
Americans tend to wait until the last minute to accomplish tasks and the same could be said for Washington County residents as time wound down on early voting for the March 1 primary election.