Early voting turnout has exceeded November of 2012 (50.2% of registered voters, Obama vs. Romney) but less than November 2008 (59.6 % of registered voters, Obama vs. McCain), according to Chad Gray, Williamson County elections administrator.
The highest percentage of voters appearing early at one of seven early voting stations represented precincts in south Franklin and Brentwood. 67% of voters assigned to precinct 2-5, Conduit Church on Lewisburg Pike just north of I-840, voted early. Voters assigned to precinct 2-3, Oak View Elementary, were close behind with 66%, and 63% of the voters assigned to Brentwood Library, precinct 6-1, cast ballots early.
The biggest turnout of the early voting period in Williamson County was Thursday, Nov. 3, the last day, when 7,370 people voted. Total early voting was 83,312.
Statewide, a record-breaking 1,675,679 people voted early or cast absentee ballots across Tennessee’s 95 counties from Oct. 19 through Nov. 3, according to figures from the office of Secretary of State Tre Hargett. That turnout easily beat the record set during the 2008 presidential election when 1,579,960 Tennesseans voted early in person or by mail.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Tennesseans voting on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.