Some Sad Statistics

With the May primary election less than two months away, there seems to be a lot of interest among the voters. There are a number of hotly contested races on the ballot. But is there really? Just four years ago was the last county primary. That election also had a number of hotly contested races but would you believe that less than 30% of the registered voters bothered to go to the polls to vote. Only 8,299 of the 28,118 registered voters voted. Far more than twice as many didn't vote than did. That's a sad statement.

In all fairness, this primary has more candidates than any county election has ever had. There will be 48 candidates in the republican and democrat primary elections in May. Back in 2006 there was just 30. The large list of candidates should surely increase voter turnout some, but those of us who track elections are just hoping that at least 10,000 will vote this time. That would still be just around 33% and that's still disturbing.

A citizens right to vote is an almost sacred right and how so many can just blow it off is beyond me. We have seen in other countries where people have been killed just for trying to vote and in much of the world people don't have the freedom to vote. We do live in a wonderfully blessed country.

Some may not know it, but your voting record is public information. No, no one ever knows who you vote for but whether you vote or not. You can purchase a copy of the voter list from the election commission office or you can even look it up on line. Click Here For State Look Up. What you will find when you study the voter list is that while the voter turn out is very low for local elections the turn out is much higher for state and national elections. It's great that voters turn out for those elections but what people should realize is that in reality local elected officials can have as great of an impact on you and your affairs as any state of federal officials. Local elected officials can raise your property taxes, impact your property rights and determine the direction of your public education.   

Now days voting is more convenient and easy than ever before. There will be two weeks of early voting. You can pretty well drop in at either location at your convenience to cast your ballot.  

My message to everyone is get out and vote. If you don't vote, you have no right to complain.

Below is a precinct report from 2006 showing the number of registered voters by precinct and how many actually voted. Also below is the current voter registrations by precinct and the early voting schedule and locations. 

GET OUT AND VOTE

Loudon County Primary
May 2, 2006
 

Precinct

Total Registration

Total Votes Cast

Browder

1,444         

501            

Davis

481         

175            

Eatons

4,290         

1,295           

Greenback

1,482         

304           

Glendale

1,188         

321           

Highland Park

3,088         

803          

Lenoir City East

1,408         

440          

Lenoir City Out

1,012         

328          

Lenoir City West

2,499         

669          

Loudon East

1,178         

436          

Loudon Outside

1,770         

657          

Loudon West

1,497         

631          

Luttrell

392         

92          

Philadelphia

1,345         

471         

Tellico Village East

3,732         

839         

Tellico Village

1,312        

337         

Totals

28,118      

8,299         

 

 

Loudon County Voting Districts/Precincts/Locations/Totals
As of 2/26/2010


District


Precinct


Voting location

Total Precinct
Registrations

District Totals

 

 

 

 

 

1

LDN

Loudon High School,1039 Mulberry Street, Loudon

2,531

 

1

LNO

Loudon High School,1039 Mulberry Street, Loudon

2,014

4,545

2

LNC

Memorial Building, 103 B. Street, Lenoir City

3,859

 

2

LCO

Memorial Building, 103 B. Street, Lenoir City

1,154

5013

3

GDL

Glendale Community Center, 791 Glendale Road, Lenoir City

1,342

 

3

GBK

Greenback Community Center, 6889 Morganton Road, Greenback

1,651

2,993

4

DVS

Piney Ruritan, 2890 Davis Ferry Road, Loudon

538

 

4

PHIL

Philadelphia School, 300 Spring Street, Philadelphia

1,362

 

4

LUT

Fenders Community Center, 2529 Oakland Rd, Sweetwater

456

2,356

5

ETN

North Middle School,423 Hickory Creek Road, Lenoir City

4,910

 

5

BRW

Learning Center, 4380 Harrison Road, Lenoir City

1,500

6,410

6

HPK

Highland Park School,4404 Highway 11 East, Lenoir City

3,420

3420

7

TVE

Christian Life Center,130 Chota Center, Loudon

4,389

 

7

TVG

Christian Life Center,130 Chota Center, Loudon

1,616

6,005

TOTAL

 

 

30,742

30,742


 

Early Voting Schedule APRIL 2010

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

 

 

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3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

  8 A.M. -5 P.M.

15

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

16

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

17

 9 A.M. 12 Noon

18

19

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

20

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

21

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

22

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

23

8 A.M. -5 P.M.

24

9 A.M. 12 Noon

25

26

8 A.M. 6 P.M.

26

8 A.M. 6 P.M.

28

8 A.M. 6 P.M.

29

8 A.M. 8 P.M.

30

 

Early Voting Locations

Loudon County Commission Office

100 River Road # 108

Loudon, Tennessee 37774
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Roane County Community College

100 West Broadway

Lenoir City, Tennessee 37771

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