Early Voting Sets Record for August Elections

Early voting wrapped up Saturday with more than 550,000 people casting ballots – the largest statewide turnout for an August election on record, according to state officials. Several counties in Middle Tennessee, including Davidson and Williamson counties, set early voting records. In Nashville, 30,875 people voted with 18,069 requesting Democratic ballots and 12,482 requesting Republican ballots. In Chattanooga, 21,404 people cast ballots during the early voting period with 15,473 requesting Republican ballots and 5,655 requesting Democratic ballots. Election officials said the total number greatly exceeded those in previous years.

In Shelby and Knox counties, however, turnout was lower than expected. Memphis saw more than 82,000 voters, or 15.3 percent of the voting public, cast ballots during the early voting period, but that was a 12 percent decrease from 2010. Of that group, 44,501 requested a Democratic ballot while 36,469 requested a Republican ballot. In Knox County, the turnout was lower than usual. A total of 36,486 voted early with 29,881 requesting Republican ballots and 6,299 requesting Democratic ballots. See vote totals from every county on the Secretary of State's website.