Turnout for early voting totaled 1,375,787 statewide, according to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office. In our region, early voting totals were: Sullivan County, 34,661; Hawkins County, 10,005; and Washington County, 26,069.
You probably know there’s a governor’s race in Tennessee. But did you know there are 28 candidates? You’ve likely heard mostly of two of them: Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean. The other 26 are running as independents. As an aside, if you’ve noticed the way we’ve listed the candidates, we simply followed the style used for local ballots: Voters will see the Republican candidate’s name first on the ballot in all races.
Two other races that span the ballots across our region: one of Tennessee’s two U.S. Senate seats (Republican Marsha Blackburn, Democrat and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, and six independents); and U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 (incumbent Republican Phil Roe, Democrat Marty Olsen, and independent Michael D. Salyer).
Multiple seats in the Tennessee General Assembly are on the ballot, and city voters will have the chance to vote in municipal elections in Johnson City, Jonesborough, Mount Carmel, Church Hill, Bulls Gap and Bean Station.
Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Election Day, voters must go to their assigned precincts. In Tennessee, you can check your voter registration status and determine your precinct online at https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/.
A sample ballot is available for Sullivan County voters at www.scelect.org.
A sample ballot is available online for Washington County voters at www.wceoffice.com.
A sample ballot is available for Hawkins County voters through http://hawkinscountytn.gov. Click on "Boards and Commissions" and select "Election commission from the drop-down menu.