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Tennessee Election 2020: Turnout brisk as early voting gets underway

Early voting runs Wednesday through Oct. 29, and there are multiple places you can cast a ballot.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Election officials reported brisk turnout Wednesday morning across the Knoxville metro region as early voting got underway for the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Lines could be seen at the popular Downtown West polling place in West Knoxville, in Sevierville and out west in Farragut, among others.

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Voter turnout was brisk Wednesday morning at Downtown West, the first day early polls were open.

Early voting continues through Oct. 29, so voters have plenty of time to cast a ballot and multiple locations from which to choose, depending on which county you live in.

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The early voting line Wednesday at the Expo Center.

At the Sevierville early voting location, one of two in the county, lines stretched around the building at times. Voters said it moved fast with an average wait under an hour.

Elections officials fully expect early turnout will exceed in-person Nov. 3 voting. That's a trend has been growing the past several election cycles.

With concern still present about the threat of COVID-19, many people have signaled this fall they want to either submit a mail-in ballot or go to the polls early to avoid long lines Election Day.

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Knox County early voting locations

If you need a ride to an early voting location in Knox County, chances are KAT is going your way -- and they'll drop you off for free in the ongoing pandemic.

If you live outside Knox County, you can also get information about where you should vote in your county through the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office app.

Many locations are open Monday-Saturday, but check your local election commission is you have any doubts.

Remember, this Nov. 3 the ballot in Knox County is paper. Many voters used paper ballots for the first time in years during the Aug. 6 state primary/county general election.

In Knox County, almost 290,000 people are now registered to vote.

For the Aug. 6 state primary/county general, more than 76,600 Knox Countians voted. Of that, more than 11,000 people mailed their Aug. 6 ballots in, and more than 37,000 people cast early ballots.

That left some 28,000 who went to the polls Aug. 6, figures show.

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