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Early voting turnout keeps lines short

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Across the 40 polling precincts in Rutherford County, more than 16,800 voters have cast ballots on Election Day as of 1:30 this afternoon.

Precincts all over the county are reporting steady lines with relatively short waits. Some poll workers thank the high early voting turnout for keeping the lines short today.

“Early voting should have helped,” said Marie Trott, an elections official at Northfield Elementary.

And Elections Administrator Hooper Penuel said the lines will probably lengthen as the day goes on and people get off of work.

The longest wait in Murfreesboro around lunchtime could be found at Voter Central on Vine Street.

Voters there waited as long as two hours to change their names or addresses and cast a ballot.

Poll worker Madelyn Scales Harris said most of those waiting were there to change an address.

Otherwise precincts across the county are reporting steady turn out and smooth sailing this morning.

The longest lines at local precincts were seen around opening with some voters lined up an hour before the polls opened at 7 a.m.

“We’ve certainly had a big turn out this morning. … I’m proud to see a good turn out,” said Judy McClaran, a poll watcher at Mitchell-Neilson Primary, adding the longest wait this morning was an hour and a half right after the polls opened.

While the number of voters has fallen off a bit since opening, polling locations are seeing a steady stream of voters walk through the door.

Locations – like Northfield Elementary, Bellwood-Bowdoin Preschool, Patterson Park Community Center and Hobgood Elementary – reported waits between 15 minutes and half an hour.

“We’ve had no slack periods this morning,” Troot said.

Most sites visited estimated around 100 voters an hour casting ballots for the next president and General Assembly members.

Penuel said some locations had problems early this morning with voting machines, but they’re all working now.

“It’s a great day. We’ve got some lines and people voting,” Penuel said excitedly.

If you have any problems or complaints today, let us know by posting a comment or call Michelle Willard at 869-0816.
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