Tellico Plains continues elections, despite tornado cleanup

12:39 AM, Mar 7, 2012   |    comments
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Four days after an EF2 tornado struck Tellico Plains, elections continued as scheduled this Tuesday, but with fewer people going to the polls.

"You still have a lot of cleanup going on in downtown Tellico Plains," said precinct election official Tara Harrill. "They're still trying to take care of their houses; they're still trying to find places to stay."

Officials estimate more than 350 people will go to vote in precinct 11, the precinct that covers Tellico Plains. Usually, that area sees the greatest number of voters in the county. In past primaries, that precinct could see up to 1,000 voters.


"Throughout the county with the vote being down anyway, people have to take care of their homes," Harrill added.

Monroe County election commissioner James Brown said there are other factors that played into the light turnout, that went beyond Tellico Plains.


"Usually when we don't have a local race that's contested, turnout will be low. August, November will be our biggest turnout," Brown said.

Besides an uncontested property assessor race, voters in Monroe County still had only one race to worry about: the Republican Presidential nomination.

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