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Election official Cindy Leach helped voter Brooke Jordinson as she went through the voting process at the West Chester precinct Tuesday.

2020 Presidential Election sets record numbers in Tenn. during early voting

This week is an important one as the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election was on Tuesday.
Before election day even came around, record numbers of ballots were cast during early voting.
By the end of the day Thursday, Oct. 29, Tennessee’s 14-day early voting period had racked up 2,280,767 votes, or 51 percent of all registered voters had cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election.
In six Tennessee counties, Cheatham, Davidson, Loudon, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson, turnout from early and absentee voting has already surpassed the early, absentee and Election Day turnout totals from 2016.
“These record numbers demonstrate voter confidence in the hard work of election officials across the state. County election commissions across the state have worked diligently to administer a safe, sensible and responsible election during early voting and we will see the same thing on Election Day,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
A comprehensive report of in-person or absentee by-mail turnout during the two-week early voting period by county with comparisons to 2016 and 2012 is available on GoVoteTN.com.
“I would like to commend all of the election officials across the state. We would not have seen the record numbers of Tennesseans voting early having a smooth voting experience without their hard work and planning,” said Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.
Within Chester County, 50.11 percent of registered voters cast their ballots during the early voting period. The total is 5,462 votes total with 5,140 people who voted in person and 322 people who voted by mail.
Get a copy of the Chester County Independent next week to see the election results and total votes from Chester County voters.