Tennessee sees record numbers of early voters

Voters fill the stations as hundreds came out on the first day of early voting at the Hope Mills Recreation Center in Hope Mills, N.C. on Thursday,Oct. 20, 2016. The town is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which came through the area recently. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knox and Blount counties received a record number of early voter turnout.

The previous voter turnout record for early voting in Knox County was set in 2008 at 125,000 votes. The 2008 number is now broken with the current voter turnout at 130,000 with more possible by the close of polls Thursday night.

Knox County has just below 239,000 active registered voters. With the 141,000 voting as of Thursday morning that leaves around 60,000 voters expected on Tuesday for Election Day.

Blount County has 79,000 voters registered this year and more than 7,000 new registers. Thirty-two thousand people have hit the polls early in Blount County breaking 2012’s record of 24,000.

Election officials expect 35,000 voters to vote in Blount County on Election Day.

Thursday is the last chance for Tennessee voters to cast early ballots. About 1.4 million people throughout Tennessee had voted early through Thursday. Turnout has been highest in Shelby County where more than 198,000 ballots have been cast.

Related: East Tennessee early voting locations, hours



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