Early voting down sharply this year

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 11:47am

Early voting in Davidson County, now wrapped up, was down this year compared with four years ago, the last time Tennesseans weighed in on a gubernatorial race.

In all, 70,470 Davidson County voters took part in early voting between Oct. 13 and Oct. 28. In 2006, 87,800 voters went to the polls early.

The high numbers four years ago can likely be attributed to the highly competitive 2006 race for U.S. Senate between then-Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker and then-U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., which saw both campaigns wage strong get-out-the-vote efforts.

“I think that’s probably it,” said Davidson County Elections Administrator Ray Barrett.

Four years ago, Gov. Phil Bredesen faced challenger state Sen. Jim Bryson. The contest was never in question, with Bredesen ultimately carrying all 95 of Tennessee’s counties.

This year’s biggest draw may be the governor’s race between Republican Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Democratic businessman Mike McWherter, which looks to be tipping solidly in Haslam's favor.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2. 

5 Comments on this post:

By: rebeccaperona on 10/29/10 at 9:58

very disappointing ... =(

By: govskeptic on 10/29/10 at 10:47

Ultimately we get what we deserve. Tennesseans complain-not vote.
It takes no genius to see that highest voting areas are the ones with
the highest numbers of educated voters.. That leaves us out by far!

By: PKVol on 10/29/10 at 12:19

We are not a government of the people, by the people, for the people as Abraham Lincoln stated. We are a government of the people who contribute the most, by the people who bother to vote and for the people who complain the most.

By: joe41 on 10/31/10 at 8:33

There is nothing to vote for. I don't care for either governor candidate and there is no one running against Duncan. Local offices were decided in August. But I did vote.
Joe

By: jwk6179 on 11/1/10 at 1:48

There is nothing to vote for. I don't care for either governor candidate and there is no one running against Duncan. Local offices were decided in August. But I did vote.
Joe

Are you refering to Rep. John Duncan, Jr. of the 2nd District in Knoxville? No one has ever ran against him or his daddy before him. I grew up and went to school in Knoxville until I moved here in 1986 and I can't remember ANYONE EVER running against either John Duncan, Sr. or his son, John Duncan, Jr. It's just like the 5th and 6th Congressional Districts, I can't recall any Republican that had a REALISTIC chance of winning ever running in the 5th District ever or the 6th District until this year.