Early Voting Comes to An End: Recap
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- With nearly five days left before election day, it’s a wrap for early voting here in the Volunteer State.
“Oh it’s a good day out here to vote,” said Jerome Lyle who is an early voter.
Countless of registered Tennessee voters are standing in long lines to cast their ballot on the last day to vote early.
“Well, I had to work. You know sometimes people schedule be offset where they can’t do what they want to do and they need to do it. But we get here and we get it done.”
Candace Esparza, who is another early voter said, “You know It just…I just wanted to get it out of the way. Get it buttoned-up. Um, I think the lines are going to be long Tuesday and um… so I just wanted to come out and be in the crowd today.”
This year’s turnout was just as big as expected, with more than 1-point-five million early and absentee voters, according to the Secretary of State. That’s more than the number of early votes in 2012, but still doesn’t match the historic turnout of 2008.
Trip Litchteefeld says, “I think it’ll be a little faster today and you can’t beat the weather for November.”
According to the most recent national polling averages, Senator Hillary Clinton is in the lead, and Donald Trump isn’t too far behind, while Gary Johnson has just 4.1 percent and Jill Stein is still in the race with 2.1 percent.
“I think a lot of it, what we hear out there, is rhetoric… um.. and just people stirring up dust uh on both sides of the campaign really, but uh.. uh I believe in Hillary Clinton, I think she’s going to be a great President um and I’m proud to vote for her,” said Esparza.
There’s also a lot of support for Donald Trump in our state.
Trump won a recent statewide mock election among school students.
The official day to vote in every state is November 8th, and remember, you must have a state or federal I-D with a picture to cast your ballot.