By BROOKE WANSER
In an email to colleagues sent Wednesday, Tennessee Sec. of State Tre Hargett revealed data comparing the 2018 early voting period and previous years.
Across the first nine days of the current early voting period, 344,472 Tennesseans have voted. That’s an increase over 326,906 in 2014, a change of more than five percent.
Compiled by Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins and the Division of Elections team, the data shows Republicans turning out in similar numbers to 2014 in Williamson County, with a marked uptick in Democratic votes.
In the Republican primary, 6,493 have voted so far, an increase of 2,386 votes (58 percent) from the same time period in 2014.
But in the Democratic primary, a turnout of 519 in the 2014 primary set the stage for a blowout this year. So far, 2,816 Democrats have voted, a 448 percent uptick from 2014.
Williamson County Democrats Chair Holly McCall, herself a candidate in 2016, said only one Democrat was on the ballot in 2014. This year, there are 19 in the County General Election.
Voting in the early period continues through Saturday. Election day is Thursday, August 2.