Tennessee’s early voting period concluded on Thursday with the highest single-day turnout of the year. Over 134,000 voters cast their ballots across the state on the fourteenth and final day of in-person early voting for the Nov. 6 election.
The overall total of 1,456,824 voters represents the second-highest early voting turnout in Tennessee history, having exceeded the 2004 November election by more than a quarter million votes.
“I am extremely pleased with the success of early voting for this important election,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “County election officials are now finalizing preparations for Election Day, and I encourage all eligible voters who have not cast their ballots yet to take advantage of the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday.”
Out of the over 1.45 million votes cast, counties have reported only 188 provisional ballots cast as a result of voters appearing without photo ID, and 54 have already returned with a valid photo ID in order to ensure their ballots will be counted.
Almost 70,000 people voted early in Hamilton County.
Election workers said lines remained steady at four sites throughout the early voting period.
The final tally in Hamilton County was 69,944.
There were 24,208 early votes cast in Bradley County, 4,013 in Marion County, 2,154 in Meigs County, 2,699 in Polk County and 5,430 in Rhea County.