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18% of Coffee County voters cast early votes; state numbers highest on record

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

Numbers for early voting indicate that nearly 18 percent of Coffee County’s registered voters have already cast ballots prior to Election Day.

According to Coffee County Election Commission personnel, the total early voting turnout was 5,668 at the conclusion of early voting Saturday, roughly 17.8 percent of the total 31,836 registered voters in Coffee County.

“That is a good number [of early voters],” said Vernita Davis, administrator of the Coffee County Election Commission.

The number of early votes cast in Coffee County is on pace with the remainder of the state, which set records. According to the secretary of state, more than 550,000 ballots were cast statewide during early voting. The number is more than any statewide total for an August election on record.

voteRemaining voters will have the opportunity to cast votes Thursday, Aug. 7. Polls will close at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The early voting number compares with only 2,840 votes turned in by the close of the early voting period in May for the primary race, including absentee voters, out of the total 31,622 registered voters at that time.

“[The ballot] is about eight or nine pages total, and it takes anywhere from 5-8 minutes to complete the process, once you get to a voting machine,” said Davis, who recommended voting early because of the length of the ballot.

The ballot includes general elections on the local level as well as primaries on the state and federal levels.

In the Coffee County general elections, voters will fill a number of positions.

Tim Brown (D) and Gary Cordell (R) will compete for county mayor while incumbent District Attorney General Mickey Layne (D) will face Craig Northcott (R) in the race for that office.

Marilyn Morris and Pat Barton will face off for Coffee County School Board Seat 4, while incumbent General Sessions Judge, Part II, Jere Ledsinger (D) will face Jason L. Huskey (R).

The road superintendent race will see three candidates vying for the position with Benton M. Bartlett (R) facing Steve Moran (D) and independent candidate Scott Hansert.

Incumbent Teresa McFadden (D) faces Don Nicoll (R) for County Clerk, while Leann Hollandsworth Partin (D) will face Donna Robison Toney (R) in the race for Register of Deeds.

Rodney Banks (D) and John Marchesoni (R) will vie for County Trustee, and nearly all 21 commission seats will be contested.

In the Manchester Municipal Election, eight candidates are seeking three alderman seats. The three candidates receiving the most votes in that race will serve four-year terms. Running are incumbent Cheryl Swan, Sam Miller, Chris Robison, Tim Kilgore, Lana Sain, Claude Morse, Nelson Watson and Gary Trail.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander faces six Republican opponents in the primary while four Democratic candidates vie for that party’s nomination.

Gov. Bill Haslam faces competition from three Republicans in his primary race, while four compete for the Democratic nomination.

In congressional District 6, Diane Black faces Republican challenger Jerry Lowery in the primary, while Democratic candidate Amos Powers runs unopposed.