Voters in Knox County wrapped up the early voting period with a surge of ballots Thursday. More than 10,000 people voted on the final day, making it the busiest of the early voting period.
Despite the long lines on the final day, overall the amount of voters is down compared to 2008. In total, 109,000 votes have been cast this year during early voting. In 2008 a total of 125,270 people voted early in Knox County.
"We started out like gangbusters the first week and a half, but starting
Saturday through all of this week the figures are much much less than
they were four years ago," said Clifford Rodgers, Knox County Administrator of Elections. "I have not seen the same excitement and energy that we all saw four years ago and that
is obviously translating into less people voting."
The convenience of early voting allowed voters to cast their ballots at any of ten locations across the county, regardless of where they live. Those who have not voted yet can still do so on Election Day this upcoming Tuesday, but must vote at their assigned precinct.
"Voters need to know where to vote this Tuesday. They also need to be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID. You do not have to bring your voter registration card. That is helpful, but not necessary. But you will not be able to vote without an ID," said Rodgers.
Knox County voters can find their polling location at the KGIS website.