Rutherford County voters turned out in greater numbers than the statewide average to cast ballots early, officials said.
A total of 120,577 of 195,659 registered voters cast their ballots in early voting in Rutherford County prior to Election Day on Tuesday, said Alan Farley, election administrator. That includes absentee and nursing home votes, he said. Early voting ended Thursday.
The absentee ballot numbers will change some as more come in through Election Day.
Tuesday’s Election Day hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Rutherford’s early voting turnout compares to 79,416 who voted both early and by absentee ballot in the county’s November 2016 election, according to the Rutherford County Election Commission.
Rutherford’s early voting turnout represents 62 percent of registered voters, outstripping the Tennessee average.
Statewide, 2,280,767 or 51 percent of all register voters had cast their ballot in early voting, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office said in a statement. In six counties – Cheatham, Davidson, Loudon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson – turnout from early and absentee voting has already surpassed the early, absentee and Election Day turnout totals from 2016.
“These record numbers demonstrate voter confidence in the hard work of election officials across the state,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “County election commissions across the state have worked diligently to administer a safe, sensible and responsible election during early voting and we will see the same thing on Election Day.”
once absentee ballots are combined with the 61.5 percent early voting turnout, Rutherford County could have seen over two-thirds of registered voters casting ballots prior to Election Day.
For people who do head to the polls Tuesday, there are 28 locations to choose from, Farley said. Sites are available online at election.rutherfordcountytn.gov/precinct.htm.
Federal and state races are on the ballot. Voters in Smyrna, La Vergne and Eagleville will have an opportunity to select officials for their municipalities. La Vergne has two full four-year alderman terms and an unfilled seat to fill. Simple majority votes are needed in all races.
Also, residents of the unincorporated county areas will vote on liquor by the drink.
Editor's note: This story was updated with some corrected numbers on absentee ballot turnout.