|Presidential elections always enjoy the highest voter
turnout of all elections. This is epically true when both parties have
new candidates seeking the presidential position.
This election is no exception. As of mid Monday with
three full days to go, the early vote total for this election had
already surpassed the total for all of early voting back in 2004. In 04,
11,066 Loudon County voters took to the polls early. At the close of
voting Tuesday, 12,700 voters have taken advantage of the convenience of
early voting. If the last two days of voting continue at the same pace,
Loudon County could see 50% turn out of the 30,295 registered voters in
the county. The total vote in 2004 was 19,966. We're well on the way to
break that record also.
Early voting will continue Wednesday and Thursday 8:00
am - 8:00 pm. It's just too easy not to do it.
Loundon Co. reports record number of early voters
By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter
LENOIR CITY (WATE) -- In Loudon County there are more
than 4,000 new voters, compared to the 2004 presidential election and
many of those are voting early.
According to the election office, 38 percent of registered voters have
already cast their ballots.
"This country is in bad shape right now and we definitely need a
change," says one voter, Stuart Thackston.
"It is time for everybody, the best leaders out there to get involved. I
know for myself, I am making that decision for the sake of my
grandchildren. I want them to have a good future," says another voter,
At the Lenoir City polling location, Betty Brown says she's worked
elections for 40 years and it has never been this busy.
"They are coming through every day. There is no big empty space where
people aren't voting," Brown says.
All early voting records from previous years have already been broken.
"There are people that say they have never voted before in their life
and this is their first time voting, but they feel so strongly about
this election," Carolyn Schultz says.
There's no doubt the presidential race is driving the large turn-out,
but other issues like bringing liquor stores to Loudon County will be
The voting numbers will continue to climb because early voting
doesn't end until Thursday night at 8:00 p.m.
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