Big turnout for first day of early voting in Knox County

Oct. 19, 2016: Early voting is underway in Tennessee with election officials encouraging voters to cast their ballots early to avoid long lines on Election Day.

Early voting for the presidential and state general election got underway in Knox County on Wednesday. 

Election officials told WBIR 10News more than 8,800 people cast their ballot in Knox County on the first day of the early voting period. That's a bigger turnout for the first day of early voting than in 2008 and 2012. 

So far, the Downtown West location has been the busiest spot. 

As of Wednesday, there were more than 238,000 registered voters in Knox County. 

The early voting period runs through Nov. 3.

There are several locations to vote early in Knox County:

  • City-County Building (opens at noon on weekdays)
  • Love Kitchen (2418 MLK Jr. Ave)
  • 1543 Downtown West
  • New Harvest Park (4775 New Harvest Lane)
  • 4536 Chapman Hwy. (Big Lots shopping center)
  • Carter Library (9036 Asheville Hwy)
  • Farragut Town Hall
  • 4952 Clinton Hwy (Clinton Plaza Shopping Center)
  • Halls Recreation Center (6933 Recreation Lane)
  • Karns Senior Center (8042 Oak Ridge Hwy)
  • Baker Center (UT campus) Only open for the final week

In most cases, polls will be open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more details.

All voters must present a federal or Tennessee state ID when voting. Acceptable IDs include Tennessee driver license with your photo, U.S. Passport, Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security or by the federal or Tennessee state government, U.S. Military photo ID, Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo. 

Requirements: Photo ID details from the secretary of state's office

Schedule: Click here to view Knox County’s early voting schedule

Locations: Click here to view Knox County's early voting locations

Sample Ballot: Click here to view a Knox County sample ballot

Not in Knox County? Click here to find your election commission.

The presidential and state general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Go to the Knox County Election Commission’s website, or call (865)215-2480 for more information.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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