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Election Commissions Seeing Light Turnout On Election Day

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Election Commissions Seeing Light Turnout On Election Day

Business is slow at election commissions across the Upper Cumberland.

Overton’s Administrator of Elections Craig Story said in talking to precincts throughout the day, turnout has been fairly light.

“Typically what happens is we have a pretty good rush to start the day off with and then around lunchtime, we have another one and then when we people get off work we’ll have one more,” Story said. “We’ve got a few hours left so we’re hoping for a good turnout the rest of the day.”

Putnam Election Administrator Michele Honeycutt said their turnout has been light as well. She said that compared to the 2014 and 2018 elections, early turnout numbers indicate Putnam County residents are voting about 30 percent less.

“Either they’re not busy or they’re not having any address changes,” Honeycutt said. “I don’t think it’s busy. Our inspectors and commissioners have said that everything seems to be going great, they’re not having any problems, and there are just not a lot of people voting, so.”

Honeycutt said Putnam precincts had not seen any lines.

Jackson’s Election Commissioner Drew McMillan said while they saw fewer voters during the early voting period, turnout has been steady on Election Day.

“I think it’s about average right now,” McMillan said. “But I do expect pretty good push after 4:00. From 4:00 to 7:00 I do expect to have a good push.”

Polls close at most locations at 7 p.m. Thursday night.


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