Statewide Early Voting Sets Record
Posted on July 27, 2012
More than 220,000 Tennesseans have voted early or absentee by mail for the Aug. 2
election - setting a record for a comparable election. Through Wednesday, the total
number of people voting early or absentee was 223,281.
For comparison, 206,174 Tennesseans voted during the entire early voting period in
August 2008. There were 11,267 people who voted absentee by mail in that election.
Early voting continues through Saturday.
"Early voting numbers for comparable elections hit an all-time high - with three
days to spare," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I commend all of those
Tennesseans for exercising their right to vote and I encourage all other eligible
voters to either cast ballots early or come to the polls on Election Day."
With voter turnout statistics, it is important to compare elections with the same
races on the ballot. For example, the November presidential election is expected to
have substantially higher turnout.