Tennesseans, Kentuckians Cast Their Votes

Posted at 5:34 AM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 20:03:50-05

Polls opened across Tennessee and Kentucky as voters cast their ballots on Election Day. 

Thousands across the country have already cast their ballots in early voting, but officials are still expecting a big turnout Tuesday.

In fact, so many people in Tennessee voted early that this year's early voting numbers broke the record from previous election years.

One Mid-state polling location experienced some issues as people also cast ballots for the U.S. House and other offices.

In Wilson County, voters got a late start when the machines were not able to read the bar codes on the ballots forcing poll workers to remove the bar codes and manually choose the ballot on the screen.

Wilson Co. Voting Resumes After Machine Issues

Other issues reported in Davidson County from Granberry Elementary School were as simple voters not bringing appropriate photo ID or going to the wrong polling location and slowing down the lines.

Tennessee's eight incumbent House members are expected to win re-election without much stress on Election Day.

Poll workers spent Monday setting up and making sure voting machines are working.

Workers were also trained to look out for any inappropriate behavior or signs of voter intimidation.

A few voting reminders:

  • Voting hours vary by county - but all polls in Tennessee close at 7 p.m. CT. You're still allowed to vote if you're in line by then. 
  • Bring a valid form of ID – a driver's license, passport or any other photo ID issued by the state or federal government, even if they're expired. 
  • Make sure you look up your correct polling place.
  • Polls in Kentucky opened at 6 a.m. Click here to find voting info.