Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots

Voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots

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A long line of voters appeared Tuesday morning at the West Hills polling place in Knoxville. A long line of voters appeared Tuesday morning at the West Hills polling place in Knoxville.
Anderson County polls opened at 9:00 a.m., but voters were already standing in line to vote at 8:00 at Anderson County High School. Anderson County polls opened at 9:00 a.m., but voters were already standing in line to vote at 8:00 at Anderson County High School.
Voters who arrived early Tuesday in Huntsville found no line. Voters who arrived early Tuesday in Huntsville found no line.
Voters wait patiently in line at the Larry Cox Community Center in Knoxville. Voters wait patiently in line at the Larry Cox Community Center in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee voters faced long lines as they cast their ballots on Election Day.

They made choices in the presidential race, for one U.S. Senate seat, nine U.S. House contests, the entire state House, half of the state Senate and a small number of local races.

The Knox County election commission expected between 50,000 and 70,000 votes to be cast Tuesday, which is about 10% less than in the 2008 presidential election.

Something else that was significantly lower than in 2008 - the youth vote.

Based on early voting totals, the Knox County Election Commission said less than half the number of University of Tennessee students that voted in 2008 turned out for this election.

More than 1.4 million Tennessee voters had already cast ballots before Tuesday, during the early voting period.

This is the third election day voters are required to show a state or federally-issued photo ID in order to vote. The requirement also applied in the March presidential and August state primaries.

Many polling sites, including those in Knox County, opened at 8:00 a.m and closed at 8:00 p.m., though voters who joined the line before 8:00 p.m. were able to stay until they cast their ballots.

Election workers said they had very few issues.

The only small problem reported was with a recent redistricting. Several voters showed up at the wrong polling location and had to be sent to their new one in order to cast their vote.

Anderson County polls opened at 9:00 a.m., but voters were already standing in line to vote at 8:00 at Anderson County High School.

Other areas did not report heavy voting. Voters who arrived early Tuesday in Huntsville found no line.

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