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Voting is Thursday
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A low turnout for early voting has election organizers hoping business will pick up when the polls open across the county this Thursday.
“Early voting was low, although we did have a decent last day and a half,” said director of elections Donna Smith of the 1,665 who chose to vote early.
All 20 precincts will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday for those who did not cast early ballots. Those going to the polls should bring photo ID.
Residents can vote in the general election and will be allowed to choose either in the Republican or Democratic Primary.
There are more races on the GOP card, including the 47th District seat held by incumbent Judd Matheny, who serves Coffee and part of Warren County. There are no Democratic candidates for the position so the winner of the Republican primary will win the seat in November.
Matheny is facing Steve Lynn and Will Lockhart.
The Republican Primary also sees local candidate Michael Shane Wilcher trying to beat incumbent District 16 State Sen. Janice Bowling. The winner will see Democratic competition in November and face the winner of the Mike Winton and Alice Demetreon race.
In the 43rd District, three candidates from Sparta are vying to challenge incumbent Democratic state Rep. Kevin Dunlap in November. They are Paul Sherrell, Bob Robinson and Sam Elder.
The U.S. House of Representatives race for the seat held by incumbent Dr. Scott DesJarlais is also under challenge as part of the GOP primary. DesJarlais is being challenged by Erran Persley, Fapas Faparusi, and Grant Starrett.