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Voter turnout low, officials report


Although the number of registered voters in Knox County is at a record high, there are fewer early voters this year than in the 2004 presidential election.

According to Greg Mackay, Knox County administer of elections, 31,242 Knox County residents have visited the polls since early voting began Oct. 15.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 21, early voters at Farragut Town Hall numbered 5,705.

Early voting ends Oct. 30.


Besides the presidential election, Knox County charter amendments are drawing people to the polls. To avoid confusion over the amendment language, Mackay recommends that voters view the sample ballot before visiting the polls.

“We are trying to encourage people to read the sample ballot before they go vote, too,” Mackay said.

“They’ve got them on-line; they’ve got them at the polling centers.

“It’ll speed things up,” he added.

The sample ballot, as well as updated voting statistics, can be viewed at www.knoxvotes.org

Farragut Town Hall is open for early voting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Oct. 27. From Oct. 27-Oct. 31, Town Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polls are closed on Sundays.

 

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