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Early voting sets record in state, not in Moore County

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

A record number of voters have cast ballots during early voting for the Tennessee primary election.

The Tennessean reports that data from the secretary of state’s office showed more than 550,000 ballots were cast from July 18 through Saturday, when early voting ended. The newspaper reported that is more than any statewide total for an August election on record, according to data.

08-06-14 election ADV pull quoteAccording to Judy Copeland, Moore County’s Administrator of Elections, there were no records set in Moore County, however. While early voter turnout was good here, it was not a record-setting year.

“I wanted more than we had,” said Copeland. “It’s not the most that we’ve ever had. We have gone over 900 who voted early before.”

Voters will have a chance to get back to the ballot box on Thursday. Voting begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. at all five precincts in Moore County.

Those precincts include:

District 1 — Lynchburg Courthouse

District 2 — Moore County High School, Commons Area

District 3 — County Building, downstairs

District 4 — Moore County Public Library

District 5 — Motlow College, Marcum Building Room 105

“I’ve heard that the state is predicting 1/3 of our registered voters will (actually) vote,” added Copeland. “I hope we have more than that here. We’ve had 50 percent before.”

With an especially long primary ballot, Secretary of State Tre Hargett had recommended that voters cast their ballots early.

To make it a bit easier, Copeland said voters in the 1st District should use the ramp entrance on the side of the courthouse facing Southern Perks and Nina’s Taste of Tennessee closest to the County Court Clerk’s office.

“To help with voters in the first district in line on election day, it would be best if they used the entrance on the north side,” said Copeland. “There’s a ramp available on that side. Using that entrance will also help with any long lines we may have.”

Headlining the Aug. 7 ballot are races for U.S. Senate and House seats.

The ballot also includes primaries for state legislative seats; county races, judgeships and school board positions; and retention elections for state appellate judges.

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