NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- More than 220,000 Tennesseans have voted early or absentee by mail for the Aug. 2 election.
The secretary of state's office said Thursday it is a record for a comparable election. Through Wednesday, 223,281 had voted early or absentee.
"Early voting numbers for comparable elections hit an all-time high – with three days to spare," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I commend all of those Tennesseans for exercising their right to vote and I encourage all other eligible voters to either cast ballots early or come to the polls on Election Day."
In August 2008, 206,174 voted during the entire early voting period.
Early voting continues through Saturday. Voters need a state or federally issued photo ID to cast ballots.
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