Early voter turnout low in Davidson County

Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 5:48pm
Staff reports

Voting in this year’s local elections is on pace to be low, with only 262 Nashvillians choosing to vote early as of 3:40 p.m. on Thursday.

Low turnout is nothing unusual for Davidson County’s local elections, according to election commission administrator Ray Barrett, who projects about 10 percent of registered voters, or just over 30,000 people, to show up to the polls.

“These are pretty standard numbers for a May election,” Barrett said.

Early voting began yesterday and will continue until April 29. The only early-voting location is at the Metro Office Building at 800 Second Ave. South near the old Howard school building. Election Day is May 4.

The most hotly contested election is the Juvenile Court Clerk race in which current clerk Vic Lineweaver is trying to fend off several others in the Democratic primary.

Another closely watched race is the Democratic primary for Criminal Court clerk, with clerk David Torrence facing opposition from Metro Councilman Michael Craddock. 

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10 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/16/10 at 8:41

Anyone get sample ballots? I didn't

By: SirKnight on 4/16/10 at 9:46

Why would you get a sample ballot this early before an election day. Don't they usually appear in The Tennessean the day before the election?

By: SirKnight on 4/16/10 at 9:47

BTW, Please vote for Eric Crafton for Juv. Court Clerk. Without a doubt, he has the best chance of unseating Vic Lineweaver this year. Many thanks.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/16/10 at 9:49

Sir, i'm no fan of either one.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/16/10 at 9:50

id, i wish i could see a sample ballot too.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/16/10 at 9:52

Here's a calendar of upcoming elections. No sample ballot, though


By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/16/10 at 10:02

hey, i found it!


By: bonk on 4/16/10 at 12:16

Crafton is running in the GOP primary and is virtually assured of the nomination. Crafton's best shot is if Vic wins the democratic primary. If he does win - my blessings go out to anyone in the hispanic community trying to get child support.

By: slzy on 4/16/10 at 2:14

what does hispanic have to do with it?

if they are citizens ,no problem.

if not,would'nt their legal jurisdiction handle those matters?

even then,would'nt an attempt of some type be made to keep those persons so affected to collect child support somewhere other than the public weal ?

By: idgaf on 4/16/10 at 7:53

Thanks nazi. The way I am reading it many dems are running un-oposed. Whats with that? You can't win it if you are not in it and this is the year of revolution.

Can't figure out if the republicans in this city/state are incompetant or in cahoots with the dems.

Sir Knight the voting has started already thats why we should have sample ballots.