Early Voting: A New Trend in Knox County

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) You've got just more than two days left to cast your early vote in Knoxville's primary election.

And more voters have already showed up to the polls this year for early voting than the last primary that was two years ago.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy has more on how early voting is becoming a trend.

Election officials say its all about convenience.

Early voting runs 14 days.

During that time you can go to any of the five voting centers across the city.

Unlike election day when you have to go to your specific precinct.

Elections are all about the numbers, so here they are:

This year so far more than 1,900 voters have casted a ballot as of earlier today.

That's more than one hundred more that came out for early voting in the 2005 city primary.

The all time turnout was more than 13,000.

That was back in 2003, they had a hotly contested mayor's race.

The lowest turnout in the last decade was in 1997.

Just more than 550 voters showed up at the polls.

Election officials say these last few days of early voting are the busiest.

Greg Mackay, the election's administrator says, "early voting has gone up, gone up every time."

Starting today, the voting centers will be open from 10 am to 8 pm.

Voting polls close early on Thursday.

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