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Tennessee Election 2020: More than half of all registered Tennesseans have already voted, Knox County sees 153K early votes

According to the Secretary of State's Office, some 2.28 million Tennesseans voted early.

TENNESSEE, USA — Early voting ended in Tennessee with more than 2.28 million people casting a ballot, representing more than half of all those who qualify to vote in the state.

In Knox County, 153,197 people voted early, figures show. Also, the Knox County Election Commission had received 18,395 mail-in ballots by Thursday, with more ballots still arriving.

The Secretary of State's Office also states in total, 2.5 million votes were cast in Tennessee for the 2016 election. 

There are about 290,000 registered voters in Knox County.

If you didn't vote during the 14-day early voting period, you can vote in-person on Election Day, Nov. 3. 

Also, if you haven't yet turned in your mail-in ballot, you can take it Tuesday to the Downtown Knoxville post office on Main Street. It must have proper postage and it must be turned in for mailing by 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

The Downtown Knoxville post office is the only branch in Knox County accepting drop-off, mail-in ballots.

Another sign of strong interest by the public in Tennessee to vote before Nov. 3: Turnout in six counties -- Cheatham, Davidson, Loudon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson -- from early and absentee voting has already surpassed the early, absentee and Election Day turnout totals from 2016, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Knox County Election Commission figures show how turnout so far this fall compares with several past presidential elections.

*In Knox County in the November 2016 presidential race there were 5,124 mail-in (absentee) ballots cast. There were a total of 133,723 early votes cast.

On Election Day 2016, 41,850 voted in the presidential contest.

The total number of people who voted in the presidential contest here in KC was 180,697.

*In the November 2012 presidential race there were 4,982 mail-in (absentee) ballots cast. There were a total of 109,415 early votes cast in that race.

On Election day, 2012, 58,110 people voted in the presidential race.

A total of 172,507 votes were cast by Knox Countians in the race.

*In the November 2008 presidential race there were 5,501 mail-in (absentee) ballots cast. There were 123,684 early votes cast in that race.

On Election Day 2008, 56,872 people cast a presidential ballot.

Total participation in the 2008 presidential race: 186,057.

Figures for earlier presidential races weren't immediately available. Trends, however, have shown early voting increasing in the county from the past to the present.