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Election Day has arrived
early voting ends
It has been a tiresome two weeks for Warren County Election Commission employees. Almost half of Warren County’s active voters cast their ballots during early voting. Pictured is Election Commission deputy Sandy Goble on Friday.

Almost half of the active voters in Warren County have cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election. 

Warren County’s 14-day early voting period ended Thursday with 10,550 votes received, a number that also includes absentee by request ballots.

“We have 22,132 active voters,” said Warren County election administrator Susie Davenport. “By Thursday evening, 10,550 cast their ballots. That’s 47.67%.”

For those who didn’t vote early, Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 3. Election Day polls open around Warren County at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Topping the ballot is the race for U.S. President between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The ballot also contains local races for McMinnville Mayor between Billy Wood, Ryle Chastain and Brett Simmons.

There are eight candidates running for three alderman seats on the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Alderman, among other races.

Across Tennessee, according to information released by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, 51% of registered voters have already cast their ballots statewide, some 2.28 million voters. 

“It has been an extremely busy and very tiring two weeks,” said Davenport. “My staff and poll workers did wonderful. My staff, I can’t tell you enough on how dedicated they are. We pulled it off and it all went well. There’s still a lot of work to be done.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the county’s absentee counting board will convene at 8 a.m. and begin the tedious task of counting paper ballots.

“We have between 800 and 1,000 ballots to count,” said Davenport.

The board has 10 members and is comprised of Republicans and Democrats. Each ballot is counted with one person from each party watching to ensure it is counted correctly.