Early voting comes to an end

Cliff Hightower/Citizen Tribune

Voters wait to cast their ballots at the Hamblen County Courthouse Thursday.

In the Nov. 3 presidential election, more than four in 10 registered voters in Hamblen County cast ballots during the early voting period, which ended Thursday.

The highest early vote turnout came from voters in the Russellville Intermediate, Cedar Hill, Manley Primary and Alpha Intermediate precincts, were approximately have the registered voters cast early ballots. The lowest turnout came from voters in the Whitesburg and Witt precincts, where about 30% voted early, according to Jeff Gardner, administrator of elections.

The final tally for the early voting period is 16,201, 22% more than case early ballots in the 2016 presidential election.

In-person early voting occurred exclusively in the election commission office in the Hamblen County Courthouse. On Election Day, Hamblen County residents will vote at their home precincts.

Early voting ended Thursday in Tennessee. A total of 10,325 Cocke countians voted early or absentee according to Josh Blanchard, Cocke County Administrator of Elections. He says the number will climb as more absentee ballots are received by mail through Election Day.

The number is up by more than 3,000 compared to 2016. Election Day is 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday at all precincts in Cocke County. Voters must vote at their assigned Election Day polling place. Voters also are asked to practice social distancing while waiting in line. Voters may bring their own ink pens for signing in. Precinct workers will also have pens for voters that have not been used by others. Voters may also ask for a popsicle stick to press the buttons on the voting machine. Hand sanitizer is available at the precincts.

Voters with questions should call 423-623-2042 to verify their voting precinct. Blanchard reminds voters at Parrottsvile and Forest Hills precincts Old Parrottsville Highway is closed at the Clear Creek bridge and a detour is required.