Early voting in Warren County was as quiet as a library.
Warren County election administrator Susie Davenport is hoping for more excitement this Tuesday, March 3, as polls open around the county for the Presidential Primary.
With President Donald Trump not expected to receive a serious challenge on the Republican side, the chief race to be decided Tuesday is who his Democratic opponent might be.
Democratic frontrunners at this point are Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.
Asked to describe the early voting period which ended Tuesday, Davenport said, “Slow, slow, slow.”
She said 1,654 votes were cast in Warren County during early voting. That amounts to an average of 150.3 votes per day during the 11-day early voting period.
Davenport is hopeful for a surge of voters who are waiting for Election Day.
“With these primaries, there’s always the possibility of candidates dropping out of the race so people might be waiting to cast their ballot,” said Davenport.
She noted 847 people voted in the Republican Primary during early voting, while 807 voted in the Democratic Primary.
Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at precincts around the county on Tuesday. No voting takes place at the early voting room on Election Day.
Davenport said overall early voting numbers in Tennessee were low. She said 336,604 people statewide took advantage of the early voting option.
“I don’t know how many registered voters there are in this state, but I’m going to say that’s a really low turnout,” said Davenport.