Tennessee presidential voting shows apathy

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A study of states shows a lower percentage voter turnout in Tennessee's presidential primary than the national average and shows that Tennesseans like to vote early.

The study by the Pew Center on the States shows that about 26 percent of voters cast ballots in Tennessee's Feb. 5 primary, compared to the average 30 percent turnout nationwide.

The study found that about 29 percent of voters cast ballots early in Tennessee, second only to the 44 percent early turnout in Texas.

Tennessee Election Coordinator Brook Thompson told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that neither of the statistics surprise him very much.

Thompson said Tennessee is the second state to start early voting and has "become a huge early voting state."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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