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August 6, 2014

Despite record 1st day crowds, early voting numbers remain low

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Despite heavy campaigning and a huge ballot, the total voter count is expected to lag at only 25% by the time the August election is over. Twenty-nine precincts will be open for voting tomorrow, August 7. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting numbers were up, but only saw 7,306 Republican ballots and 4,072 Democratic ballots cast. The norm is for at least half of all votes to be cast during the early voting period.

With 99, 406 registered voters in Montgomery County, one might think the vote count would higher, but August elections and primaries are expected to remain at less than 25%.

The last time county elections had so many names on the ballot was 2006, when many judicial posts were up for election on an eight year cycle. Up for grabs are  county mayor, every county commission seat, sheriff, county clerk, circuit court clerk, register of deeds, juvenile court judge, general sessions judges, trustee, assessor of property, district public defender, district attorney general, chancellor and circuit court judges. In addition, school board districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are also on the ballot, along with retention votes on Tennessee Supreme Court judges, Court of Appeals judges and Criminal Appeals judges.

State  primaries in which voters can opt to choose Republican or Democratic ballots include  governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state House of Representatives, state Executive Committeeman and Executive Committeewoman.

Voters must bring a photo ID issued by Tennessee or the federal government.


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