Sullivan County sets new record for first day of early voting

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Thousands here in the Tri-Cities already made up their minds about who they want as president before Wednesday night’s debate.

Early voting for the November election began Wednesday in Tennessee.

webpicearlyvoting2Just weeks out from election day in November, this race has already been one for the books in Tennessee, and now some counties are reporting it was another record breaking day for the start of early voting.

On Wednesday, we found voters in the Tri-Cities eager and ready to cast their ballot.

All of those voters translated into a record-breaking turnout in parts of our region.

Sullivan County posted on their Facebook Page after polls closed on Wednesday that more than 3,500 people came out on day-one of early voting. The most they’ve ever seen.

“That will far surpass the numbers we had on the first day in 2008 and 2012,” Booher said.

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Administrator of Elections in Sullivan County, Jason Booher, said its something they were expecting. As of right now, they have a record number of registered voters.

“And for the month of October, we exceeded 1,900 new registrations just in those 11 days alone,” Booher said.

We found it was a similar story in Washington County.

Officer of early voting in Jonesborough, Bonnie Co,x said she too wouldn’t be surprised if they broke early voting records.

“The turnout is huge, I haven’t see anything like it before. Its been a steady stream since 8 this morning, and we weren’t even open, it has been constant,” Cox said.

KEY DATES TO REMEMBER: 

  • Early voting in Tennessee ends November 3rd.
  • In Virginia, absentee voting ends November 5th.
  • Election day is Tuesday, November 8th.

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