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Voters will begin the process of deciding our next governor, along with several other federal, state and local races, as early voting starts today, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m.

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean top the ballot as the main two candidates to replace term-limited Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

The United States Senate seat currently occupied by retiring Sen. Bob Corker is also open. Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn are the two primary candidates vying for that spot.

“We don’t have an incumbent governor or an incumbent U.S. senator so hopefully that will drive voter turnout,” said Warren County election administrator Donna Yates, who will be overseeing her last election after a more than 40-year career. “Any registered voter in Warren County can vote early so we encourage folks to participate.”

Early voting lasts until Thursday, Nov. 1. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Early voting takes place at 201 Locust Street at the back of Warren County Administrative Offices.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Also on the ballot are races for Tennessee House, United States Congress, and McMinnville and Morrison city offices.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett echoes comments from Yates in touting the 14-day early voting period as an easy way to take part in the election process.

“Tennesseans broke August early voting records as they selected nominees and elected county officials and I know interest remains high as voters prepare to select leaders across all levels of government on the November ballot,” said Hargett. “Early voting offers voters more opportunities to find a convenient time to cast their ballots.”