With only a week left until Super Tuesday, almost 5,000 Rutherford County voters have headed to the polls early or voted absentee.
“It seems like numbers are steady, maybe during the last four days it will pick up,” said Hooper Penuel, Rutherford County elections administrator.
In the 2004 presidential primary, more than 3,700 voters cast early ballots and 24.08 percent of about 100,000 registered voters either voted early or absentee, Penuel said.
There’s still time. Voters have until 8 o’clock Thursday evening to cast an early ballot in the Feb. 5 presidential preference and Rutherford County primaries.
Early voting sites are Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna, SportsCom, Election Commission Operations Center on East Vine Street or the Election Commission office.
The Election Commission office is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and extends hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 29-31.
All other locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and extends hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 29-31.
Voters should remember to bring a form of signature identification, like a registration card, driver’s license or Social Security card.
“If all else fails they can sign an affidavit of identification,” Penuel said. “So there’s no reason someone should not come to the polls these days.”
For more information on early voting, call the Rutherford County Election Commission at 615-898-7743 or visit www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/election/index.htm.