Only two days left to vote early in Knox County

Only two days left to vote early in Knox County

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County voters who want to cast their ballots for the 2012 presidential election have only two days left to vote early.

All early voting locations will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except the City-County Building, which follows a different schedule.   

The final day of early voting is Thursday, Nov. 1.

"If you've moved since the last election or want to avoid long lines on Election Day, please vote early," said Knox County Administrator of Elections Cliff Rodgers. "It doesn't matter where you live.  If you're registered to vote in Knox County, you can vote at any early voting location."

Officials said that weather changes have dampened the early voting turnout, compared to 2008.  After twelve days of voting this year, 88,232 votes have been cast early, which is a 4.8% decrease from the 2008 presidential election when 92,614 votes had been cast over the same time period.

"We began to see a drop-off on Saturday with the colder weather and that trend continued through yesterday," said Rodgers. "Fewer college students are voting at our University of Tennessee location.  Voter turnout at the University Center is down 50% from 2008."

For more information about voter turnout or a list of early voting locations, visit the election commission website or call (865) 215-2480.

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