Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 25, 2012

Record turnout anticipated in early voting

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Administrator of Elections Suzanne Smith said early voting turnout as of Tuesday morning has been high for the 2012 presidential election.

"We've had a very high turnout so far. We actually have a line out to the door right now," Smith said.

Smith said she hopes potential early voters won't be discouraged if they see a long line at the election commission office.

"There may be a line, but it is moving really fast. So it won't take long to get in there and vote. Everything is running smoothly," Smith said.

As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, Smith said a total of 6,682 people had cast their ballot.

"If it continues the way it has, we will have a record turnout this year," Smith said. "We've had a lot of young people who are voting for their first time in this election."

Early voting for the presidential election continues daily at the Cumberland County Election Commission office at 2 S. Main St., Suite 105 in the Milo Lemert Building until Nov. 1.

The hours for early voting are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct.24 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27 — 8 a.m. to noon

Monday, Oct. 29 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smith also wanted to remind voters of the new state law which requires voters to present a federal or state government issued photo ID in order to vote, unless an exception applies. College student IDs will not be accepted. To learn more about the new law and its exceptions, call the election commission office at 484-4919.

"So far it's going smoothly and everyone is happy and excited about voting. Everyone's bringing their IDs and we haven't had any problems with that," Smith said.

Voters who do not vote during the early voting period will need to vote at their regular polling place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, election day. Voters will not be able to vote at the election commission office on election day.

For more information about early voting, call the Cumberland County Election Commission office at 484-4919.