Knox County voters turn out for Tuesday's primary election

Knox County voters turn out for Tuesday's primary election

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Voters turned out at Cedar Bluff Middle School Tuesday. Three precincts vote there. Voters turned out at Cedar Bluff Middle School Tuesday. Three precincts vote there.
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Voters in Knox County turned out Tuesday to cast their ballots in the primary election.

This is a primary election, but if there's no opponent from the other party, Tuesday's vote decides the winner for some races like sheriff. That's driving many of the voters 6 News has seen.

Poll workers say its been a slow but steady day at Cedar Bluff Middle School, though it picked up a bit after school let out. Three precincts vote at this location.

Some say they came out to the polls Tuesday for the first time in awhile, hoping to make a difference, but other families say they're always here on Election Day.

"It seems like lately all you see is low turnout. I don't think people are really interested. I don't know why. I think it's your civic duty, I really do," said voter Betty Perry.

Typically schools are closed on Election Days, but this time they were open. Many 6 News viewers voiced their concerns about the change.

In Cedar Bluff's case, elementary school sits next to the middle school, sharing a parking lot. The two schools dismiss 45 minutes apart, and while it was crowded during those times, especially with kids coming out the front doors and voters coming in teachers and school resource officers were watching out.

While school was in session, they had a rope up sectioning off the hallway between students and voters.

The voters we spoke with say they didn't have any problems with school being in session, and the poll workers say they haven't heard any complaints.

"I didn't have any problems. I'm handicapped with a hip replacement but I got to park right here. I think it's good the kids are in school so they can see what actually does happen," said voter Bobbie Evans.

"Look at the elections in any foreign country. You'll see lines of people for miles. If you can't find a parking place it's because you don't want to find it," said voter Charles Perry.

The polls are open until 8 p.m. in all East Tennessee counties.
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