Volume 51, Number 42

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pickett voters taking advantage of early voting

As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 28th, 862 Pickett County voters casted their early voting ballots for the November 4th Presidential election and position for Pickett Register of Deeds.
In 2006, the early voting numbers reached 1,263 for the general election in Pickett County. During the 2004 presidential election, 1,052 voted early bringing the total to 2,695. A 2002 census showed that there are 4,975 people living in Pickett County and 3,858 are registered voters. Election officials are expecting a good turnout and quite possibly it will be the biggest amount of early voters ever in Pickett County.
This position for Pickett Register of Deeds will hold a record for five independent candidates vying for public office.
Pickett and Hamilton are the only two counties in the state that uses paper ballots along with a scanner that electronically counts votes.
According to Tennessee Election Office, every county in state will be required to use the paper ballots. This election’s procedure keeps a paper trail that ensures more accurate voting and is also used in a case of a contested election. Early voting runs through Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.

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