Morristown election day underway

A voter casts a ballot at Manley Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Election Day is here for the city of Morristown.

The city of Morristown is holding election for three City Council seats with two seats having opposition and the last seat being unopposed.

Current City Councilmember Bob Garrett faces challenger Rob Burke for the Ward 1 seat, while Councilmember Kay Senter is being challenged by Charles Cook for the Ward 3 seat. Councilmember Tommy Pedigo is running unopposed for an at-large seat.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

A threat of storms are forecasted to come through the area throughout the day with a chance of precipitation at 60%, according to the National Weather Service. The threat of rain could lead to lower voter turnout, election officials said.

Voting was light Tuesday morning at Manley Intermediate School.

But, poll workers were in high spirits.

“We recently moved here from Pennsylvania,” Marcia States, an election official, said. “I was a judge of elections in Pennsylvania and I was a constable for over 25 years. This is what I can do for the community.”

According to election records, 639 city voters cast ballots in the early voting period, which ended Thursday. In 2019, there were 478 votes cast and 552 early votes cast in 2017.

That represented a 34% and 16% early voting increase in numbers respectively.

Election officials said there could be a possibility of more than 1,000 votes cast in this year’s election.

Jeff Gardner, Hamblen County election administrator, said in recent memory the most votes cast in an election was 2009 when more than 4,000 people came to the polls.

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