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Early Voting Ends With High Turn Out

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday was the last day for early voting, and traditionally it is the busiest of the 14 days.

Before Election Day, 1,322,000 Tennesseans turned out for early voting, with 106,000 voting on Wednesday alone.

If the parking lot at the Hermitage Library Thursday was any indication of voter turnout this presidential election, expect a heavy flow of traffic. Walking into the Hermitage Library voters were met with lines wrapped around the book cases. As of Wednesday, 142,114 voters in Davidson County voted early. Early voting started in Tennessee on Oct. 17.

"I went to the crossings the other day, and it was a three-hour wait. I said, 'no,'" said voter Maria Smith of Antioch.

Many voters found things to occupy their time.

"I tried to get here earlier, and then I saw the line, and I was like, 'Oh it is long,' so, I just grabbed a comic book and started reading. Thank God it's in a library," said voter Evan Bodie.

Smith replied saying, "That's good. Everybody is doing what they are supposed to do. I'm glad."

On average, the wait on Thursday was about 30 minutes with one after another coming in.

"One time I can remember for about five minutes there were only two or three people in line, but that only happened once," said Officer of Election Milton Cavender. "The rest of the time the line has been quite long, but as long as I keep the computers and printers running smoothly, we get them through real quick."

While getting voters through the line quickly is what several desired, most said it's definitely a process worth the wait.

"I need to vote. That's my duty," said Smith.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, and polls are open in most counties from 7a.m. – 7 p.m.

Double check with your respected election commission on times before going out to vote.


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