Early voting starts off briskly in Knox County

Early voting starts off briskly in Knox County

Voters were lined out the door at Downtown West when early voting began Wednesday morning.. Voters were lined out the door at Downtown West when early voting began Wednesday morning..

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Hundreds of Knox County voters cast their votes at the first opportunity Wednesday as early voting began in Tennessee.

The early voting period began in Knox County at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The Knox County Election Commission says 400 ballots were cast in the first 30 minutes at early voting locations. Lines were especially long at Downtown West and New Harvest Park.

Early voting will continue through Saturday, October 27. Polls are closed on Sundays.

For those who don't participate in early voting, Election Day is November 6.

During the early voting period the following locations will be open in Knox County:

  • Downtown West, 1543 Downtown West Blvd.
  • Halls Recreation Center, 6933 Recreation Lane
  • Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Dr.
  • Carter Branch Library, 9036 Asheville Hwy.
  • Love Kitchen, 2418 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane
  • Powell, 6631 Clinton Highway, Suite 112
  • South, 4026 Chapman Highway

Early voting will also take place in downtown Knoxville at the City-County Building, but during different hours. To view those polling times, visit this site.

Knox County polling locations will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For the last four days of early voting - Monday, October 29 to Thursday, November 1 - all locations will be open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m except for the City-County Building.

Voters can also cast ballots at the University Center on the University of Tennessee's campus for the last four days of early voting.

Registered voters can view a Knox County sample ballot online.

Beginning this year, all voters must present a state or federal issued ID containing the voter's name and photograph at the polls. An expired driver's license (or other expired state or federal issued ID) will satisfy this requirement as long as the ID contains a picture of the voter.

Tennessee law has changed so that any voter who is sixty years of age or older may vote by mail. Photo identification is not required to vote by mail. Anyone interested in voting by mail, can contact the Election Commission office at (865) 215-2480 or visit the Knox County Election Commission website. The final day to request an absentee by-mail ballot is October 30.

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