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Voters pleased with election changes


Farragut voters were extremely pleased with changes, including a longer early voting period and an additional Election Day polling place, in Farragut’s recent municipal election, according to results of a survey done by researchers at The University of Tennessee.

In a pilot project, Farragut voters were able to participate in early voting right up until Election Day, April 7, and to cast their ballots at the Farragut Town Hall on Election Day instead of the usual polling place at Farragut High School.

Researchers from UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Department of Political Science surveyed 670 of the 2,311 voters who cast ballots at the Farragut Town Hall between March 18 and April 7.


Among the findings:

• Overall, 99.7 percent rated their voting experience as “good” or “excellent.”

• Voters also thought very highly of the performance of the poll workers at Farragut Town Hall, with 99.8 percent giving them an “excellent” or “good” rating.

• About 77 percent of the voters who cast ballots voted early.

• Among those who voted early, more than 36 percent voted in the new “extended” early voting period, April 3-6.

• Among all early voters, about 80 percent reported that they had to wait less than a minute to cast their vote, while 75 percent of voters on Election Day indicated that they had to wait less than a minute to vote after arriving at the polling place. Not a single voter reported having to wait more than five minutes to cast their ballot after arriving at the polling place.

 Similar to those who voted early, Election Day voters thought that Farragut Town Hall was a very convenient polling location, with 98.3 percent rating its convenience as “excellent.”

 

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