Carter early voting on track to break records

John Thompson • Oct 22, 2018 at 10:23 PM

ELIZABETHTON — After four days of early voting in Carter County, the turnout remains unusually high for a midterm election.

Tracy Harris, administrator of elections in Carter County, said that during the first four days of early voting, there were already 2,934 votes cast.

She said that was more than triple the number cast in the first four days of early voting in 2014. Only 843 had cast votes in the first four days in the last midterm election.

Harris said the voter turnout is more like the 2016 presidential election. This year’s total for four days is only 70 votes short of that vote’s total of 3,002.

Harris expects this year’s total will set a record for midterms. The total turnout for early voting in 2014 was 4,196.

“We will break that, probably by Tuesday afternoon,” Harris predicted.

Early voting will continue through Nov. 1 at the Carter County Election Commission, 116 Holston Ave., across from the Carter County Health Department. Polls are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

Voters must bring their state of Tennessee or federal government- issued photo identification.

Carter County voters are also voting for members of the Tennessee General Assembly as well as Tennessee governor. On the federal side, voters will be choosing a new U.S. senator as well as casting ballots for their member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

There are also municipal elections in Elizabethton, Watauga, and Johnson City.

Carter County residents of the 4th District — Courthouse, East Side, National Guard Armory and Siam precincts – will be voting to fill an unexpired term on the Carter County Board of Education.

Election Day will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open that day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

During the early voting period, the Carter County Election Commission is designated as an operating poll site. No campaign materials including signs, shirts, hats or campaign literature are permitted within 100 feet of a polling place.

No campaigning, including vote solicitation, can take place inside the boundary and political candidates are prohibited from entering the boundary unless they have official business inside the Election Commission Office.

For more information on the Nov. 6 election, call the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822.

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