TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee’s deadline to register to vote for the presidential election is Tuesday October 11, 2016.
News Channel 11’s Micah Smith found out thousands in our region have already registered vote, paving the way for what could be a historic voter turnout.
“We’re having a lot of people come in that said that they’ve never voted before (and they are) in their 80’s and 70’s,” said Carter County Elections Administrator Tracy Harris.
Harris said with the deadline just one day away, Carter County and surrounding county’s have registered hundreds of new voters.
“The last two presidential elections we had about 10,000 early vote, and I hope that we can beat that this time,” said Harris.
Sullivan County’s election administrator told News Channel 11 as of Friday, 95,000 residents were registered to vote in Sullivan County. That number is a 4,000 voter increase from the last major election in 2014.
News Channel 11’s Micah Smith spoke to Debbie Lafevore (a Carter County resident) about her decision to register to vote.
“The way I feel about it, if you don’t like the end result and you haven’t voted, you really shouldn’t complain,” said Lafevore
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