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Early voting ends soon

For voters who don’t want to wait until Election Day, there are two more chances to take advantage of early voting.

Early voting continues today before ending on Thursday, Nov. 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the administrative offices on Locust Street.

According to election administrator Donna Yates, right at 5,500 had taken advantage of early voting at the close of business Tuesday night. Yates said the first couple days of early voting and the last two are typically the busiest.

“I think we’ll be over 6,000 by the end of early voting,” said Yates.

Warren County residents have changed their voting habits in recent elections. After being roughly a 50-50 split for years, a clear majority of local voters now take advantage of early voting.

During the most recent election in August, 58 percent of the 10,136 total votes cast were done so during early voting. That translated to 1,486 more voting early than on Election Day in Warren County.

Key races for federal, state and local government are on the ballot. For governor, Bill Lee and Karl Dean are the two frontrunners. For U.S. Senate, Phil Bredesen is facing Marsha Blackburn.

In the Tennessee House, the 43rd District has Paul Sherrell against Les Trotman. The 47th District race pits Mike Winton against Rush Bricken.

U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais is facing Mariah Phillips in the 4th District. In addition, there are seats on the ballot in McMinnville and Morrison city elections.

For those who don’t take advantage of early voting, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.