Voting heavy first day
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:06 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Early voting continues across Tennessee after a beginning that brought out more than 18,000 in Shelby County and nearly as many in Davidson County.
Opening day crowds Wednesday nearly doubled Nashville’s previous first-day voting record of about 8,000, set in 2004.
In Obion County, where around 21,000 citizens are registered to vote, 558 people voted early on Wednesday.
The Tennessean quoted Davidson County Election Administrator Ray Barrett saying 49,000 new voters registered in time to cast ballots.
In Memphis, The Commercial Appeal reported wait times of up to an hour to vote.
Early voting was heavy at most locations across the state. The early voting period closes Oct. 31 and the traditional election day is Nov. 4.
State Election Coordinator Brook Thompson said half of the votes cast in this election could be early ballots.
Published in The Messenger 10.16.08
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